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TAYLOR EARNS DEAL

31 August 2012

Full-back puts pen-to-paper at Banks's Stadium...

FOLLOWING an impressive display as a non-contract player at QPR on Tuesday evening, Andy Taylor has today put pen-to-paper on a deal at Banks's Stadium.

The 26 year-old slotted well into the left-back slot and now he is determined to get his career back on track and play regular games after injury disrupted his time at former club, Sheffield United.

"It's been a tough few years for me," he said. "I'm very pleased to have signed a deal here at Walsall and now I just want to play regularly, regain my top form and, importantly, start enjoying my football again.

"It's a nice set-up here with everything we need to be successful and progress. We've got a good group of young and hungry lads, whilst the Gaffer and Richard O'Kelly have been spot-on with me over the past few weeks that I have been here.

"Hopefully things are in place for us to kick-on now and have some success. The style of play suits my game down to the ground; I like to get forward, try and make things happen and generally have an influence on the game.

"I thoroughly enjoyed being out there on Tuesday night and it came at the end of what has been a stop-start summer for me. Now I have the opportunity to build my fitness levels up and put in some consistent displays.

"This is a tough, physical League with a fast pace, but I am looking forward to the challenge."

Saddlers' boss, Dean Smith added: "Andy did really well for us at Loftus Road. He's been with us for a few weeks and has really impressed us with his ability and attitude.

"He's an attacking full-back who fits in with the way we are trying to do things here and it's a real boost to have him on board."

Taylor began his career with Blackburn Rovers where he came through the ranks of his hometown club and earned recognition from England at Under-19 and 20 level along the way.

During his time at Ewood Park he had loan spells at QPR, Blackpool, Crewe, Huddersfield and Tranmere, who went to sign him on a permanent basis.

His displays for Rovers prompted a switch to Sheffield United in the summer of 2009 for an undisclosed fee and having established himself in The Championship, injury halted his progress.

He was released by The Blades during the summer after over 40 senior games for the club.

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