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Andrew Taylor

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

01/08/1986

Signed

05/08/2015

Country

England

A seasoned veteran with Middlesbrough and Cardiff, Taylor started his career as a graduate of the Boro Youth Academy alongside the likes of David Wheater and Stewart Downing.

. After a successful 2004 FA Cup Youth campaign, Taylor was sent out on loan to Bradford City.

During the first half of that season, the left-back made 26 starts for the Bantams before returning to Riverside to play a part in the back four for their FA Cup semi-final clash with West Ham.

Impressive performances under manager Gareth Southgate lead to Taylor becoming first choice in his position and striking a favourable partnership with Stewart Downing on the left wing.

After three and a half seasons in the Premier League, Taylor notched up over 90 appearances in the top flight of English football. A loan spell with Watford followed before he returned to Middlesbrough under Tony Mowbray on the left wing to score his first goal for the club, and what turned out to be the winner against his former London club.

Wanting another sniff at Premier League football, Taylor joined Cardiff City in July 2011 with hopes that a promotion push would be on the cards. That season the Bluebirds made it all the way to the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, and narrowly missed out on a promotion party, losing to West Ham in the play-off semi-final.

The third highest of any Cardiff player, 43 league appearances the following season meant that Taylor was able to play an integral part in Cardiff’s Championship title winning season. A Premier League player once again, he made 18 league appearances that season before signing for Wigan on a three year deal in the summer 2014.

Taylor signed on loan for the Royals at the start of the 2015/16 season and made his Madejski Stadium debut in our Capital One Cup tie against Everton that September. His first start in the league came a month earlier in a 1-1 draw away to Sheffield Wednesday.

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