New signing wants to help Stamford reach the next level
New signing Cleveland Taylor has admitted the lure of a promotion challenge was the major factor behind his decision to sign for Stamford this week.
The 34-year-old put pen-to-paper with the Daniels on Tuesday after spending last season with Evo-Stik Premier Division side Coalville Town where he made more than 50 appearances.
Taylor has more than 300 professional appearances to his name after a career that has included spells at Scunthorpe, Carlisle, Brentford, Burton Albion and in Scotland for St Johnstone.
And the former Jamaican Under 23 international – who has also had spells in non-league with Harrogate, Corby, Barwell and Matlock – believes his move to the Zeeco Stadium brings massive potential.
Taylor said: “I’ve dropped down a level from being at Coalville last season and various people have asked me why I’ve done that.
“But I’m getting towards the mature stage of my career and I wanted a new challenge.
“I feel we’ve got the players in the squad at Stamford to make a challenge for promotion and the gaffer (Graham Drury) as well as the likes of Jordan Smith have sold the club to me very well.
“We are good enough to challenge for promotion and that’s something I wanted to be part of.
“The aim from day one will be to get promoted from out of this league and get Stamford back to where they should be.
“It’s cracking set up at the club with facilities and a pitch that deserve to be at a higher level. I could have stayed at Coalville because it’s just 15 minutes from where I live, but I wanted a fresh challenge and this has come at the right time for me.”
Manager Drury was delighted with his new acquisition who he feels will bring a calming influence on to the pitch.
Drury enthused: “His experience is going to be vital this season. It’s something we had identified as needing.
“He’s a calming influence who can put his foot on the ball and be part of the cog that will make everything tick over.
“Cleveland can play in a number of positions and will be a key anchor in our midfield. He can help organise our shape and be a skipper on the pitch with his leadership skills.
“He’s a player I’ve been chasing for quite a while so I’m chuffed to get him on board.”
Taylor’s arrival is Stamford’s fourth summer signing with defenders Taron Hare, Jordon Cooke and Chris Salt joining last week.
Thirteen members of last season’s squad have also re-signed for the Daniels along with striker Liam Adams who has made his loan move permanent.
Olly Brown-Hill and Callum Ball were the latest players from last season to commit when they both agreed terms this week.
Drury commented: Olly's still only 22-years-old and has come back looking really fit so I'm happy with how the squad is ticking over because we have got good players in key areas.
"I'm also pleased that Callum is returning next season. The fans didn't really get to see how good this lad can be due to injuries. He can be a big player for us."