Tranmere Bring In New Keeper Ahead Of Barrow Draw

There was an unfamiliar figure between the sticks for Tranmere Rovers in their 1-1 draw at Barrow AFC on Saturday.

Rovers signed Rhys Taylor just in time to feature at the Furness Building Society Stadium.

Taylor joins on loan from league rivals AFC Fylde until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old began his career at Chelsea, coming through the academy ranks and then spending five years as a professional at Stamford Bridge.

Hailing from Port Talbot, he also progressed through the young Wales national teams, earning caps at under-17, 19 and under-21 levels.

During his time with the Blues, Taylor gained senior experience on loan with Football League clubs Crewe Alexandra and Rotherham United.

After leaving Chelsea, the shot-stopper moved on to brief spells with Southend United and Preston North End before a two-and-a-half-year stint with Macclesfield Town where he made more than 100 appearances.

A move to Newport County followed before joining Wrexham on loan in 2015/16.

In the summer of 2016, Taylor teamed up with AFC Fylde and played a big part in helping the Coasters to promotion from the National League North last season and he has made ten appearances in the National League for them this term.

Tranmere manager Micky Mellon said of the signing: "I’m delighted to bring a goalkeeper as experienced as Rhys into the group following Scott Davies’ injury.

“I’d like to thank Dave Challinor and AFC Fylde for allowing him to join us”.

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