Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of former Newport County AFC striker Ryan Taylor on a one-year deal.
The 33-year-old striker becomes Paul Hurst's third signing of the day and will bring a wealth of Football League experience to the squad with over 450 professional appearances across his career to date, finding the back of the net on over 60 occasions, including two goals at Wembley in the 2010 League Two Play-off Final.
Taylor began his career at Rotherham United, where he teamed up with his new manager Paul Hurst. After loans to Burton Albion and Exeter City, Taylor joined Bristol City in the summer of 2011 before making the journey down to the south coast to sign for Portsmouth in 2014.
After 59 appearances and 16 goals in all competitions, Taylor moved to Oxford United, spending two years at the club before joining Plymouth Argyle in 2017, being denied a title win on the final day of the 16/17 season as The Mariners spoiled the party with a 1-1 draw at Blundell Park.
Following almost 100 appearances for The Pilgrims, Taylor made the move to Wales to join Newport County AFC in the summer of 2020, helping the Exiles and making a substitute appearance in their League Two Play-off Final in May, but ultimately fell short at the final hurdle.
Taylor spoke to our official YouTube channel this afternoon after penning his deal with his new club. "It's brilliant to sign. I am looking forward to getting going now. The gaffer rang me up about a week ago once and as soon as I had seen his phone call I was jumping at the chance to come.
"There's a lot of ambition at this club, that's why the gaffer is here. He has been promoted from this League before so he has got form on that, he has got experience and that is something I will want to be bringing to the squad as well. I think the main aim is to get promoted, the club shouldn't be in this League so I will be doing what I can to get it back to where it should be.
"I played with him [Paul Hurst], it was a few years ago which probably highlights how old I am! I have played with him, I know what he's about, you've got to work hard, you've got to be fit and that's just a given with the gaffer so I am just looking forward to playing under him and hopefully it will bring success. It's definitely a challenge I am looking forward too [National League football]. It's a big year for myself and the football club as a whole and as I said we're looking to get promoted and that's something I want to play my part in.
"I spoke to Podge a couple of weeks ago. He speaks very highly of the club, he got promoted with the club before, he's played under the gaffer so he does know exactly what he's like and he definitely put his point across to sign".
With the squad continuing to take shape, Assistant Manager Chris Doig believes that the experienced front-man will be a great addition to the Mariners' squad.
"I think Ryan's career speaks for itself really. Everyone will be well aware of what he is capable of. He is coming to the latter stages of his career but we still believe he has got a lot to offer, he brings a lot of competition to the forward area for us and again, another senior lad, a good lad with good experience and is very professional and will be one in the dressing room taking control of that and helping everyone out.
"Ryan actually gave us a very good character reference for David [Longe-King] last week, Podge gave us a very good reference on both of them, very complimentary of Ryan as a very good lad, a great addition to the dressing room as well as on the pitch and we're delighted to have him here.
"He was at Rotherham so that's where there is a connection [with the manager]. I think the gaffer spoke to Ryan very early in the summer, both were quite relaxed about the situation and we're delighted we've managed to get a deal sorted."
Welcome to Blundell Park, Ryan!