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JOEL TAYLOR | DEFENCE

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West Bromwich
24.3.1996
5ft 10"
@joeltaylor03

PLAYER BIO

Highly experienced left-back, having spent much of his career in the National League, who joined the Pitmen in May 2024 from National League North side Chester

A former junior at Stoke City, Taylor signed first-team forms with the Potters in the summer of 2014 and spent the next three seasons as a regular in the U21 side, also making a handful of appearances in Premier League 2. In January 2017, he was loaned to League One side Rochdale and made his professional debut whilst at Spotland, playing in a game against Bristol Rovers the following month before returning to Stoke

After being released by Stoke in the summer of 2017, Taylor returned to his native West Midlands and eventually linked up with National League North side Kidderminster Harriers after a successful trial period. He enjoyed a fine season for Kiddy in 2017-2018, making over twenty starts early on in the season before dropping out of favour later in the campaign and spending time out on loan at Halesowen Town

2018-2019 saw Taylor once again playing regularly for Harriers in the league, scoring twice in twenty-seven starts before he elected to join divisional rivals Chester in July 2019. Taylor was a revelation up and down the left for the Blues as an ever-present, ending the season with forty-six appearances and a place in the National League North team of the season

With his form continuing into the Covid-affected 2020-2021 season, National League big boys Chesterfield to spend £25,000 on the player in December 2020. Taylor spent the remainder of the campaign in and out of the Chesterfield side, making twelve starts as local rivals Notts County knocked them out of the end of season play-offs at the quarter-final stage

A move to County was on the cards for Taylor in July 201, as the fallen giants snapped up the left-back for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal. Once again, it proved to be a season of two halves for the player, making most of his appearances earlier in the season before his game time was curtailed later on in the campaign. His second year at Meadow Lane was also a topsy-turvy affair, with Taylor loaned out to divisional rivals Dagenham & Redbridge in November 2022 for three months before being allowed to join play-off chasing Weadlstone in March 2023 on a free transfer

The summer of 2023 saw Taylor return to Chester, citing 'unfinished business' at the Deva Stadium. He was once again one of Chester's most consistent performers with twenty-eight starts for the Blues throughout the 2023-20204 season as they finished tenth in the Vanarama National League North table

In May 2024, the ambitious Pitmen moved to bring the experienced performer down to step four for the first time in his career as the club's first new signing of the season

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