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Taylor joins as Nelson departs

1 August 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has completed his fourth signing of the summer this Thursday by securing the signature of commanding centre half Matt Taylor, paving the way for fellow defender Michael Nelson to depart the Coral Windows Stadium to join Scottish Premiership side Hibernian.

Taylor joins the Bantams on a two-year deal, with Nelson signing for Hibs on a permanent basis for the same length of contract.

The move for Nelson, whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season, will see the defender return to Scotland after he joined City from Kilmarnock back in January. 

Well known for his committed displays, Taylor arrives at Valley Parade on a free transfer having spent the past two seasons with Charlton Athletic.

His first season at The Valley - the 2011/2012 season - saw the defender named as the club's vice-captain and play an integral part in the Addicks side that secured the League 1 championship.

Taylor then featured in 12 matches for Charlton in the Championship last season.

While Taylor moves to City on a free, Nelson joins Hibernian for an undisclosed fee.

Courtesy of Hibernian F.C

Parkinson said: "Matt is a good signing for us. He played a key role in the Charlton side that got promoted to the Championship a couple of seasons ago and he was part of a successful Exeter side before that.

"He's a good age for a centre half and he's a winner.

"I am sure the supporters will enjoy watching him play because he gives it his all. He will certainly add to what we have in the squad already.

"Nelse (Michael Nelson) had the opportunity to go back up to Scotland, but I needed both deals to work before either one could go through.

"We have a tight-knit group here, so I couldn't afford to give someone up if I wasn't able to bring someone else in.

"That meant we pretty much spent all of yesterday (Wednesday) working away to ensure both deals got gone.

"Nelse came in last season and played his part in helping the side into the Play-Offs, and we thank him for that. 

"He has managed to effectively secure a further year on his contract with this move and we wish him all the very best for the future."

Subject to Football Association and Football League clearance, Taylor will now be in contention to make up part of Parkinson's travelling party for this weekend's Sky Bet League 1 opener at Bristol City.

Taylor will wear shirt number 15 this season.

Before his move to Charlton, The Chorley-born defender enjoyed four years with Exeter City, helping the Grecians secure promotion up into the Football League during that period.

Despite looking at home in central defence, Taylor amazingly began his playing career in goal.

The thirty one year-old featured for the likes of Burscough, Rossendale United, Matlock Town, Halifax Town and Guiseley as a goalkeeper during his early playing days.

His conversion to centre half came when Taylor, who was studying at Sheffield University at the time, impressed Team Bath boss Ged Roddy while playing in the 2006 British Universities Games.

Roddy signed Taylor for Team Bath that summer before the defender's impressive performances earned him a move to Exeter barely a year later.

Look out for a Bantams Player EXCLUSIVE interview with Matt later this evening.

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