Date: 24th June 2017 at 10:18am
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Bradford have completed the signing of Paul Taylor, making him the second arrival at Valley Parade this summer.

Former Vauxhall Motors and Ipswich forward Taylor, who doesn’t score many goals as he only managed three at Peterborough last season, has joined Bradford on a one year deal.

He follows Adam Chicksen, signed after his release from Charlton, in joining the City squad.

Head of Recruitment Greg Abbott told the Official Website: ‘Paul is something different. We looked at what we had last year and we looked at where we think we could improve and he`s a player with a proper decent pedigree. I spoke to Paul Jewell about him two or three weeks ago and he signed him for a million and a half when he was the manager at Ipswich.’

During his time at Ipswich, joining the Tractor Boys from Peterborough, who became one of the clubs Taylor, 29, was loaned out to whilst at Portman Road, Rotherham and Blackburn the others, it didn’t ‘quite work out’ for him.

Abbott admitted as much but he expects him to produce the goods at Bradford.

‘It probably didn`t quite work out as well as it should have done for Paul (Taylor) when he was there but at this level, we asked Paul (Jewell) about him and he was nothing but complimentary. I think the one thing he`s got is great pace and we need to get some pace into our front line. That`s something that we didn`t probably have enough of at times last season. The big thing I said to Paul when I was talking to him is, can you turn those draws into wins. We had too many draws last season which in the end held us back. I think he`s got the ability to open up doors when things are tight in games and both sides are struggling to find quality, he gives you that.’

Three goals in 39 League One appearances during his second (permanent) spell with Peterborough isn’t exactly the best of returns, in fact he’s not really done too much since leaving Posh first time round, released at the end of last season when his one year deal at London Road expired.

However, he’ll be given a chance and if Taylor gives it his all and produces the goods the fans at Valley Parade will appreciate this, goals wouldn’t go amiss though for something of a like-for-like replacement for Billy Clarke, sold to Charlton recently, in many ways.

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