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Ten-season Premier League player signs for eighth tier club

A ten-season Premier League player has surprised many on social media as he signs for a club in the eighth tier of English football.

The 36-year-old, who plays for England’s under 21s side five times, came through the Tranmere Rovers youth-team and made his first-team appearance in 2002 and scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win over Hartlepool United in a League Cup tie.

He has made more than 350 career appearances, featuring for Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United, Hull City, Port Vale and Fleetwood Town.

Ryan has been described as a versatile player who is able to play as a full-back or across the midfield and has excellent free-kick taking and dead-ball skills.

Taylor began his career at Tranmere in 2002, and made 122 league and cup appearances in three full seasons with the club, being voted as Tranmere’s Player of the Year and onto the PFA Team of the Year in 2004–05. He was sold to then top-flight club Wigan Athletic in July 2005 for a fee of £750,000.

Injuries restricted his appearances, however after scoring in four consecutive matches against Newcastle, he joined the club in a trade deal in January 2009. After Newcastle dropped out of the top-flight, Taylor helped the club to win promotion as champions of the Championship in 2009–10. Unfortunately, he then faced a number of injuries, fracturing a metatarsal, breaking a leg in the 2010–11 season, and then picking up a serious cruciate knee ligament injury in August 2012.

Taylor played a total of 106 matches for Newcastle, though featured just 18 times in his final three seasons. He was released by Newcastle in May 2015 and spent the 2015–16 campaign at Hull, where he made a few appearances. He signed with Port Vale in October 2016 and again in March 2017. He signed with Indian Super League club ATK in December 2017. He returned to England and signed with Fleetwood Town in September 2018. He ended his 17-year career in the English Football League at the end of the season, having scored 42 goals in 350 competitive appearances.

CLUB STATEMENT

Colne Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of ex-Premier League footballer Ryan Taylor.

Taylor who enjoyed a successful 17-year career in the English top-flight divisions, scoring 42 goals in his 350 competitive appearances, joins Colne on an agreement until the end of the season.

Taylor who represented both Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic in the Premier League said “the move has been on the cards for a few weeks and I’m delighted to join Colne F.C. I met with the gaffer and Chris (Kirkland), and after hearing the plans I felt it was the perfect fit for me at this stage of my career. I trained with the lads Thursday and can’t wait to get started now”.

Head Coach Nathan Rooney added “this is a major signing for Colne Football Club and I’m delighted it’s over the line. Ryan brings a proven quality, but also experience to our group and that will be invaluable to everyone, especially the younger lads. He trained well the other night and I’ll be looking to get him involved at some stage this weekend.”

TAYLOR’S CAREER:

2002–2005 – Tranmere Rovers – 98 games (14 goals)
2005–2009 – Wigan Athletic – 56 games (6 goals)
2009–2015 – Newcastle United – 92 games (6 goals)
2015–2016 – Hull City – 4 games (0 goals)
2016–2017 – Port Vale – 12 games (3 goals)
2017 – Port Vale – 10 games (1 goal)
2017–2018 – ATK – 11 games (1 goal)
2018–2019 – Fleetwood Town – 10 games (0 goals)
Total – 291 games (31 goals)

National team
2005–2006 – England U21 – 5 games (0 goals)

HONOURS

Newcastle United
Championship: 2009–10

Individual
PFA Team of the Year: 2004–05 League One
Tranmere Rovers Player of the Year: 2004–05

Fans gave their reaction after seeing that the ten-season Premier League player signs for an eighth tier club and make his debut against City of Liverpool, going on to help his side win 4-2…

@LuceFord_: That is a ridiculous signing

@bodenknights: Colne flying and making another statement signing…

@Ben_Met: Making better signings than @BurnleyOfficial

@Sniffa80: Not playing games now…

@GlennWheeler: A marquee signing for @Colne_FC

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