Former Manchester City, Arsenal goalie Taylor joins Reading

AFP, Monday 20 Aug 2012

Reading delighted to land experienced keeper Stuart Taylor

Stuart Taylor (Photo: AP)

Premier League newcomers Reading signed former Manchester City and Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor on a free transfer on Monday.

Taylor had been training with the Royals following his release from champions City at the end of last season and has finally agreed a one-year contract to act as back-up to first choice keeper Adam Federici.

The 31-year-old's signing was rubber-stamped after Reading, promoted as Championship winners last season, loaned reserve goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen to League One club Portsmouth.

Taylor's presence should also keep Federici on his toes after the Australian's howler allowed Michael Kightly to score for Stoke in Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading director of football Nick Hammond told the club's website: "I'm delighted to have signed Stuart.

"He is a very experienced goalkeeper at the top level and having him here allows us to loan Mikkel Andersen out and get him some games."

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