Max Taylor named as Stockdale's second signing for Rochdale AFC
Date published: 03 August 2021
Defender Max Taylor has signed a one-year contract with Rochdale AFC.
The 21-year-old, a product of United’s Academy, progressed through the youth ranks there, featuring at under-18 and under-23 level. He was on the first team bench for the side’s Europa League tie with Astana in 2019, and has also played in the EFL Trophy.
We're delighted to announce the signing of defender Max Taylor 🙌— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) August 2, 2021
The 21-year-old puts pen-to-paper on an initial one-year deal following a successful trial period ✍️
Welcome to the club, Max! 👊#RAFC
Taylor spent the 2020/21 campaign out on loan at Kidderminster Harriers and he left Manchester United earlier this summer to pursue a new opportunity.
“I’m very happy to get everything over the line,” said Taylor, who has featured as a trialist in three of Rochdale's pre-season friendlies.
“I’ve loved the feeling around the club [during my time here so far]. Everyone has a great attitude and I’m really looking forward to cracking on with the season.
“I think everyone wants to get going now. We’ve had a good pre-season and all the lads have got good minutes under their belts. Everyone will be fighting for a shirt on Saturday.”
Manager Robbie Stockdale added: “I’m really pleased to have secured the services of Max.
“He been with us for a week to ten days now and he has impressed everybody with his attitude on and off the pitch, as well as his ability.
“He is relishing the fact that he’s going to get opportunities to play first team football. He had a loan move to the non-league scene last season but I think he’s capable of stepping up to the football league. As a young player who is eager to impress, I think our fans will enjoy his determination on the pitch. We also want to develop him and make him a real asset to the club.”
Taylor had to take a break from football three years ago after being diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 18 and returned to playing after undergoing chemotherapy.
On his return to football in 2019, he told the BBC: "If anything, it has increased my ambition. I take things head on. Just go for it. Don't be scared."
Read the interview in full here: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50562023
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