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Dogged Derek's Tayls Trail

30 January 2017

PERSISTENCE paid for Argyle manager Derek Adams in his pursuit of forward Ryan Taylor

Ryan signed for the Pilgrims on Monday after agreeing to terminate his contract with Sky Bet League One Oxford United, for who he made 31 appearances this season.  

“He was wanted [by other clubs],” said Derek, “but I’ve been very persistent, and he’s recognised I’ve been trying to get him in for a wee while now and I’ve not let go.

“We’ve been working on it for a number of weeks. We’ve been trying to take in a striker, to help us, and he’s one that’s played in [League Two], played in the division above, and he gives us good experience. 

“He’s 28 years of age; he takes the ball in and leads the line very well; and it’s important that at this stage of the season you have experience in your team. He’s experienced; he’s won promotion out of this league.

“Taking experienced players into your team is definitely going to help you; players that have been there and done it before are going to help the squad.”

With Jimmy Spencer well on the road to recovery, and other forward options in the shape of  Nathan Blissett, Arnie Graita, Jake Jervis, Jordan Slew and Craig Tanner, Argyle are not going to be short of firepower in the League Two run-in.

Derek said: “We’ve got plenty of options there now and, with 20 games to go, we’re going to need that, trying to win as many games as we can at the end of the season.

“Ryan has played the last five games on the trot for [Oxford], so he’s ready to go.”

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