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Taylor-made: former Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Oxford United striker Matty Taylor makes Forest Green return

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Former Bristol City and Oxford United striker Matty Taylor has found a new club having returned to former employers Forest Green as a free agent following his departure from Oxford United.

Taylor,33, returns to The New Lawn nine years after the leaving the club. Taylor made 96 appearances for FGR between 2011 and 2014 – and he has gone on to enjoy a prolific career in the Football League since.

He joined Forest Green under David Hockaday after being spotted by Scott Bartlett playing for North Leigh.

Matty Taylor 2 | Taylor-made: former Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Oxford United striker Matty Taylor makes Forest Green return
Matty Taylor Pic: FGR

The self-styled ‘fox-in-the-box’ was a real fans’ favourite at the New Lawn, but was surprisingly released by then FGR boss Ady Pennock after being loaned to Chester City where he struck six goals in seven games. Taylor left Forest Greenin 2014 and joined Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers. He helped the Gas to back-to-back promotions from the National League to League One and his goalscoring record while at The Memorial Stadium was better than one goal every two games.

He then made the switch to west country rivals Bristol City in the Championship, where he made 68 appearances. 

The Oxford-born striker was released by Oxford United this summer after four years at the Yellows in League One. Since the start of the 2019/20 campaign, only Jonson Clarke-Harris has scored more goals in England’s third tier than Taylor’s 59.

Across League One and League Two, Taylor has scored 101 goals in 225 games.

Upon returning to the club, Taylor said: “I’m really excited to be here. It’s been a while, but I can’t wait to get going here again.

“I’ll work hard while I’m here. Get myself in the box, get on the end of things and hopefully put the ball in the back of the net.”

Director of Football, Allan Steele, added: “Matty is somebody who I’ve admired for a while. I know he has really strong feelings for the club and he’s an incredible person to be around.

“His goalscoring record speaks for itself and I know he will build great relationships with his new team-mates.”

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