Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton is thrilled to sign a new loan after the Stoke City defender completed his transition to Gas.
Taylor arrives in North Bristol for the 2021/22 2nd League campaign, which will mark his first season in professional football for adults.
Slender 19 year old previously spent spells in the Northern National League with Chester and the Northern Premier League at Ashton United, while he played his only Stoke match in April against Coventry City.
“We’re really excited to see Connor with us this coming season at the Rovers,” Barton said.
“He’s a very good young player that we’ve been watching for a while now and I know he’s excited to take the next natural step into adult football.
“Our goal is to create an environment where Connor can join the rest of the guys and get better every day so that together we can achieve our goal of winning the promotion this season.”
On Wednesday, Taylor underwent a medical examination in Bristol, where he met with the coaching staff, and as reported by Bristol Live, Clint Hill’s role was integral to the deal.
Barton’s assistant has a solid reputation at Stoke for raising Harry Suttar in Fleetwood for 18 months, and it is hoped that Taylor will follow the same path as the Australian player who has now become one of the main center-backs. championship.
Taylor also becomes a Rovers player less than 48 hours after the departure of former club captain Max Emer, who was his contract terminated on Tuesday, facilitating the return to Gillingham.
The teen joins Gaza’s five center-back specialists, as well as Alfie Kilgour, Jack Baldwin, Cyan Harris and new follower Mark Hughes, with Pablo Martinez, Nick Anderton and George Williams also capable of playing in the position.
Throughout his time at Rovers, Barton has tended to favor three-backs, but with doubts about the future of Harris and Williams, in particular, the 39-year-old may well have drawn another center-back into the transfer window.
Taylor’s signing is also beginning to shatter the misconception that a Rovers manager will spend the summer mostly signing with experienced veterans with big salaries.