Cleveland Cavalier Drops Into United Basket

Last updated : 31 January 2008 By Thetashkentterror
Carlisle signing Cleveland Taylor
The prolonged process of bringing the 24-year old into Brunton Park at last coming to a close as Taylor joins the Blues for an initial fee of £50,000 plus potential promotion and appearance related add-ons. That amount of money for the player finally being agreed on Tuesday afternoon after almost a month of negotiations between the two clubs.

Leicester-born Taylor passed his medical and agreed personal terms this afternoon and he will go straight into the squad for Carlisle's home game against Walsall on Saturday. John Ward will be pleased to get his man at last, the Cumbrians picking up the 24-year old for a minimal fee as he would have been out of contract at Glanford Park at the end of the season.

Cleveland started his career at Bolton as a young professional in 2001, although he only made two substitute appearances in his time at the Reebok Arena. Taylor spending loan spells at Exeter City (one start, two substitute appearances) and Scarborough (eleven starts, one substitute appearance, four goals) during the 2003-04 season.

He was a big success at Scunthorpe though in a temporary spell in the same campaign when he made 19 starts, two substitute appearances, and scored three times in his four months in North Lincolnshire. Taylor impressing that much that then Iron boss Brian Laws offered the out of contract Bolton winger an initial one-year deal in the summer of 2004 to remain at Glanford Park.

During the next three and a half years, after penning extended contracts with the Iron, Cleveland made another 114 starts, 60 substitute appearances and scored 12 more goals for the Iron before falling out of team contention a little following Scunthorpe's promotion to the Championship at the end of last season. Carlisle though will be hoping that Taylor can play a big part in getting the Cumbrians promoted to that level too as they look to cure their atrocious away form in the last three months.

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