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Goalkeeper Aaran Taylor has snubbed a move to Barrow AFC, insisting he couldn’t leave….

….Blue Square Bet North side Workington when they needed him most.

The 26-year-old held talks with Bluebirds boss Dave Bayliss and Ebac Northern League First Division side Celtic Nation, but has agreed to stop at Borough Park for another year.

He sought assurances from manager Darren Edmondson that the club shared his ambitions to challenge next season, and said: “I owe a lot to Darren for the work he has done with me over the years, and I didn’t want to jump ship when the club needed me.

“Workington are going through a tough patch, and I want to be here to help them.

“It’s a good club, and I thought about going, but I came to the right decision,” added Taylor.

“It wasn’t about money. I’m happy here. The spirit in the dressing room is great.

“I spoke with Barrow, but I know I’ve made the right decision.”

Workington are a club in crisis with chairman Humphrey Dobie standing down.

Reds could fold next month if a new board is not appointed, or a takeover completed.

Edmondson admitted Taylor had his head turned by the offer from Holker Street, but was delighted he is staying.

Branding the shot- stopper the best in the league, he added: “Aaran enjoys his football here, but needed reassurances that things would move forward.

“We share the same goals. We want to be challenging in the league, and my aim now is to latch onto the players’ ambitions and build a team that can carry out those targets.

“To keep Aaran is massive for us because he could have easily gone to Barrow for more money.

“It says a lot about Aaran’s character that he’s willing to put the club first,” added Edmondson.

Taylor will put pen-to-paper on a new contract over the summer, with Edmondson confirming both Kyle May and Mark Boyd were also set to sign contracts.

Both have taken a pay cut to stay, and Edmondson said: “The players have had to take a slight cut because of the position we are in, but it’s a credit to them they want to stay.”

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