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United Add Experience To The Goalkeeping Ranks!

Leeds United have signed experienced shot stopper Maik Taylor on a free transfer. The former Birmingham and Fulham veteran put pen to paper on a short term contract until January at Elland Road on Thursday morning.

Taylor has 88 caps for Northern Ireland

Taylor has 88 caps for Northern Ireland

As well as having 88 International caps for Northern Ireland to his name, the 40 year old has also racked up nearly 600 career appearances. Since Taylor's career began in 1992, he has had spells with Farnborough Town, Barnet, Southampton, Fulham and Birmingham. Taylor though, has been without a club since the summer when his deal at Birmingham City expired. He has however, still been in the International frame after appearing for Northern Ireland against Italy in October.

United have had goalkeeping difficulties over the last few weeks after a number of poor displays from Paul Rachubka saw Alex McCarthy drafted in on loan but with the Reading youngsters loan spell soon to be up, Grayson thought he needed a more reliable back up for Andy Lonergan than Rachubka and he will certainly get that from the experienced Taylor.

Taylor has been training at the club for the last two weeks and saved a penalty in the 2-1 win against Chelsea behind closed doors last week and will now do battle with Andy Lonergan, Paul Rachubka and for the time being Alex McCarthy for a place in the team.

Maik Taylor Factfile:

Nationality: Northern Irish
D.O.B: 04/09/1971
Place of Birth: Hildesheim, Germany
Height: 6' 4'' (1.93m)
Previous Clubs: Farnborough Town, Barnet, Southampton, Fulham and Birmingham City.
Position: Keeper

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