A relative veteran at the age of 31 when he signed, Paul Taylor was one of two new faces added to the squad on the eve of the 2019-20 season. The Liverpool-born striker came in to bolster our attacking options. And there’s no doubt he has a lot of experience; us being the player’s 13th different club in a career that was already spanning 14 years up ’til when he became a Boro’ player. Not that we have much to report from his time with us.
In a season that we’d much rather forget, Taylor’s time on the pitch in 2019-20 was rather limited; six starts and six sub outings. Unable to do much to halt our slide down the table, he’d become a fringe member of the squad; doing little to suggest we were missing out. It’s no surprise, then, that boss Alex Revell decided not to offer him a new deal in June 2020. And it’s hard to argue against that call as we looked to rebuild for 2020-1.
Paul Taylor: Before Boro’
It’s said that Taylor was on the books of both Liverpool and Everton as a young ‘un. We’re picking up the path in 2007, however, with the forward joining Vauxhall Motors. He made an impression on Conference North, scoring 17 times during the 2007-8 campaign. This was enough to make clubs higher up the ladder take notice; Chester City were interested, and Nottingham Forest offered him a trial.
In summer 2008, Taylor went to Chester on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal. But he didn’t spend more than four months at the Deva; the deal coming to an end in late October earlier than planned. The forward’s time with Vauxhall Motors was now at an end too; the next move was to the Belgium fifth tier with RRFC Montegnée.
Yet again, he proved an able goalscorer and earned a move to Belgian giants Anderlecht in December 2009. A month after signing, however, he was out on loan to Charleroi.
Back in England in February 2011, Taylor went on to enjoy spells at Peterborough United (three times), Ipswich Town and Bradford City among a few others. Before coming to us, his most recent club was Doncaster Rovers; penning a one-year deal before the 2018-9 campaign. But his deal was cancelled by mutual consent in January 2019, leaving him free to find a new club. And that he did in the summer when Dino Maamria came calling.