Notts County have completed the signing of wing-back, Joel Taylor, from Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old played over 1,000 minutes over 16 National League games last season as James Rowe’s side turned a torrid start around to reach a play-off place.
He replaced Alex Whittle late in their play-off defeat to Notts at Meadow Lane in July.
That 4-1 defeat would be his last appearance for the Spireites after signing from Chester in late 2020.
After Taylor signed a two-year deal, Notts Head Coach Ian Burchnall said:
“We needed a wing-back who could offer a threat one-on-one. Joel’s pace in the wide areas and his ability to attack in those moments is really important.
“He’s been playing wing-back at Chesterfield and, based on the games we’ve seen, he was most effective when they were attacking.
“With us being a team that wants to do that, we feel he’ll suit us well.
“With Joel we have to look at the whole package, including his age and potential. He’s got the capacity to develop his game further and we feel we can help him do that in this environment.
“We know Adam Chicksen can play in the same position, which gives us two highly-competent players in that area.”
Taylor was immediately impressed by Burchnall’s approach to pre-season training.
“In pre-season, I know it’s about getting back to match-fitness, but when you’re doing it with the ball it makes the session a lot more enjoyable than just running around a pitch,” he said.
“With [Burchnall] I can see he likes to play. A lot of the running is done with the ball, which most, if not all players love.
“I’ve been welcomed into the group straight away and I feel part of it already.
“I’m a very attacking wing-back, I like to get forward a lot and chip in with a few goals if I can.
“Ultimately I want to help my team to win games. I’m very attacking but I can do the defensive side as well, but my more natural game is going forward.”
Taylor added that Burchnall’s, and Notts’ style of play seem a good match.
“You want to be playing and doing what you do best on the pitch every game. If a manager wants me to come in and do that, it’s a no-brainer for me.
“I want to come here and help the team progress back to where they need to be.
“It’s a big opportunity for me at a big club. I hope I can do well, and then who knows?
“I’m very, very, very excited [about fans returning]. Last season we played a handful of games with fans.
“Getting them back in, especially at Meadow Lane with a big crowd, because we played [Notts] in the playoffs, will be great.
“I can’t wait for the fans to come back in.
“I can’t wait to get back playing and enjoying my football again. Hopefully we can start off with a win [against Coalville].“
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