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Michael TaylorFORMER TNS centre-back Michael Taylor is the latest recruit with Welsh Premier pedigree to the ranks of Chester boss Neil Young.
The 29-year-old has agreed to take a pay cut and drop down two divisions to help the Blues in their bid to rise up the leagues.
"Michael is that bit of quality we’ve been looking for," says Young.
"He's not dropping down for the money because he’s coming for less than he was on at Hyde.
“He’s coming here because he knows a number of our players and sees what we’re trying to achieve. He wants to be part of it and hopefully he will enjoy the journey with us."
Taylor will vie for a starting position with former Rhyl duo George Horan and Carl Ruffer and join ex-TNS team-mates Steven Beck, Greg Stones and Michael Wilde at the Deva Stadium.
Also in the Chester squad are two more ex-Belle Vue favourites, Marc Connolly and Stuart Graves, while Tom Field had a brief spell at TNS, making nine players with experience in the Welsh top flight. Manager Young and assistant Gary Powell are also previous members of the Rhyl coaching staff.
Last season, Taylor led Fleetwood Town into the Blue Square Premier before re-joining Blue Square North outfit Hyde in the summer.
He made 43 league appearances for TNS between 2007 and 2009 after being signed by manager Ken McKenna from Hyde.
He has previous experience at Blackburn Rovers, Carlisle and Rochdale, where he made two Football League appearances during a loan spell from Ewood Park, and later played for Cheltenham Town, Forest Green, Lancaster City and Halifax Town.
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