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Matt Taylor Is A Robin

25 July 2014

We can today confirm the signing of Bradford City central defender Matt Taylor

We can confirm today that Matt Taylor will join the club on a two-year contract from League One side Bradford City subject to paperwork completion.

Matt, 32, will leave the Bantams by mutual consent and therefore complete his transfer to the Robins following a a successful medical earlier today.

"It's always important to get the future sorted," said Matt.

"There is a good set of lads down here who are hungry to do well and they are the sort of ingredients you need to have success and there's no reason why we can't look forward to having a good season.

"I like to think I'm an experienced defender who is quite solid and I've played enough games now! Hopefully I can talk to the lads around me, encourage them and give everything to the team."

Matt actually started his career as a goalkeeper with Preston North End boys before becoming a member of the Everton Academy but it was with Burscough in 2003 that he achieved the honour of lifting the FA Trophy after a 2-1 final win over Tamworth at Villa Park.

Moves through non-league with clubs such as Rossendale United, Matlock Town, Hucknall Town, Halifax Town and Guiseley. During his time as a player he was also a student with Sheffield Hallam University where he features as a central defender in the British Universities Sports Association championship games. He caught the eye of Team Bath manager Ged Roddy who picked him to represent England Universities in the 2006 British Universities Games. He then joined Team Bath whilst studying for a diploma in Fitness Excellence at the University of Bath.

After narrowly missing out on promotion to the Conference South with Team Bath, Matt made the move to Exeter City in 2007 in which his highest honour was winning the Conference play-off final in a season where he made 46 appearances and scored nine goals.

Matt enjoyed his time in the Football League with Exeter but a move to Charlton in 2011 soon followed where he was made vice-captain by manager Chris Powell. He established himself well in the side but he was released at the end of the 2012-13 season before being snapped up by newly promoted Bradford City. Despite being handed a two-year contract by the Bantams he was unable to force his way into the side permanently and later moved on loan to Colchester.

His departure from Bradford City this summer if one of mutual consent allowing him to make the switch to Whaddon Road where he will wear the number 4.

An interview with Matt will be available later today on both Robins Player and YouTube.

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