Chromasport United Counties League
Published 29th June 2012
.....promises to be a very busy summer in the transfer market for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One newcomers. The 23-year-old joins with a wealth of experience at a higher level; Starting his career at Kettering Town and then Wellingborough Town, Taylor went on to play UCL Premier football for Northampton Spencer, scoring twenty-three league goals in the 2008/09 season and Cogenhoe United, bagging twenty-two in the league and thirty in all competitions for the Cooks the following year.
More recently, Taylor has regularly featured in the Southern League for Brackley Town, Daventry Town and Woodford United, with his busy 2011/12 campaign yielding ten goals in all competitions for the Reds. Taylor said: “I am very excited to be joining the club. I spoke a couple of days ago to the coaching staff and the manager and I’m really excited with what is going on at the club. The Rushden & Diamonds name is big and obviously the fans will be delighted with the progress the club has made and I want to be a part of that.” When asked what Diamonds fans should expect from Alfie Taylor this season, he replied simply with “Goals! “I’m a confident player, I’m quick I like to get behind the defence. I have scored goals everywhere I have played and I target myself to achieve over twenty goals a season. “I have worked with Scott and Peaksey before and as soon as they got involved here they were on my case, they are good blokes and another reason why I joined. “I thrive playing in front of big crowds, of course not every week, so it will be great to do that on a regular basis.” Chairman Ralph Burditt added: “I am delighted that we have been able to complete this signing so quickly. From our very first conversations with regards to assembling the senior squad, the management team highlighted Alfie to me as one of their key targets and I think it speaks volumes for the club that he has had no hesitation in putting pen-to-paper.
“I’ve spoken with Alfie on a couple of occasions now and he seems like a really nice lad. I think that the supporters will take to him and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself.” In addition to Taylor, former AFC R&D under-18 players Ashley Foulger, Ashley Meeks and Louis Smith have all signed for the senior team having been offered positions by manager Mark Starmer following their successful campaign last term.