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Jake Taylor

Born: 1st December 1991 
Nationality: Wales 
Position: Midfield 
Royals first-team debut: Reading 3-3 Northampton Town – 24/08/10 
Appearance: 16(+20) 
Goals: 3

Taylor’s Story:
At the age of eight Taylor joined our youth setup, and would go on to represent the Academy and U18's side before breaking into the senior team. 

Having scored 20 goals across the youth sides during the 2009/10 season, first team manager Brian McDermott handed the Welsh U21 international his debut in August 2010. Against Northampton Town in the Carling Cup, Taylor replaced another Academy graduate in Julian Kelly as the Royals went on to draw the game 3-3.    

At the end of that season, he was also handed his league debut at Madejski Stadium, Michail Antonio making way in the 2-1 win over Derby County that May.  

The fleet-footed Ascot-born midfielder enjoyed loan spells with Aldershot, Exeter, Cheltenham and Crawley Town, before joining back with the Royals for the start of the 2013/14 season.   
  
The 2014/15 campaign started in fine form for Taylor, scoring his first professional goal for Reading as the winner against Ipswich in August. He soon made that tally three come October with another winning goal against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup, and netting during our 3-3 draw with Wolves here at the Madejski in late September. 

He also earned himself the first full-International cap of his career in October, replacing another Royals Welsh international Hal Robson-Kanu in the 84th minute of a 2–1 European qualification triumph against Cyprus. 

Taylor joined Leyton Orient on loan that March, making three appearances for the O’s, two of which involved playing wing-partner to former Royals goal-getter and club captain Jobi McAnuff. 

Beyond the Hoops:
In January 2016, he left Reading to sign for Exeter City on a free transfer, a club whom he enjoyed a season long loan spell with in 2011/12. And in his first full season as a Grecian, he made 51 appearances in helping Paul Tisdale's men reach a Wembley Play-Off Final - only to suffer defeat at the final hurdle as Blackpool pipped City to a place in League One.