Former loanee Cleveland Taylor has joined Corby Town – now switched to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier…..
…..Division – on a permanent basis from Conference North side Harrogate Town.
The 30-year-old winger enjoyed a successful loan spell at Steel Park during 2013/14.
Thirty-year-old Taylor started his career with Bolton Wanderers, before loan spells took him to Exeter, Scarborough and Scunthorpe United. It would be the latter club that he would join on his release from Bolton and over the length of four seasons he made over 170 appearances, scoring fourteen goals.
Leaving Scunthorpe at the end of the 2007/08 season he joined Carlisle United before moves took him to Brentford, Burton Albion (loan), Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone, Burton Albion again and finally Grimsby Town on loan. He joined Harrogate during the summer of 2013.
Cleveland has also represented Jamaica at under-20 and under-23 level.
Corby player-manager Tommy Wright: “Bringing Cleveland back is a huge coup for Corby Town Football Club.
“His experience is invaluable for us; he played over 300 games in the Football League. He also has a great versatility in positions, is technically very good and possesses great stamina.
“Before we brought him in on loan last season we had actually earmarked him for this season when his contract at Harrogate expired. The way that he conducts himself with the younger players such as Connor Kennedy and Harry May is fantastic and his positivity and character is infectious. I am absolutely delighted to have him back at the club
“Cleves is a personal trainer too and he will be looking to help out with some sessions and act as a fitness coach.”
Meanwhile, Greg Mills and Kalern Thomas have agreed terms to remain at Steel Park for next season.
Mills started his career at Derby County, before spells at Solihull Moors, Macclesfield Town, AFC Telford and Worcester City. He initially joined the Steelmen on loan from Barrow in November 2013, however signed permanently in January 2014. He ended the 2014/15 season as the club’s top goalscorer with 11 goals.
Thomas is a young right-back who had spells with Walsall and Quorn before joining Loughborough Dynamo.
He arrived at Corby in September 2013 and established himself as a first choice regular during his debut season with the club.
Wright said: “I am very happy that Greg Mills has committed to the club for next season. He really enjoyed his time with us last season and is enjoying his football again. He is a well-liked player and with a good pre-season behind him we will see even more from last season’s top scorer. He is a very skilful and direct player and is always a threat to the opposition.
“Kalern Thomas has developed his game so much in the last 12 months and has made the step up look easy. He has established himself as an ever present for me. He is very athletic and always willing to improve himself. His attitude is immense and I expect him to build on a very strong season last term.”
Defender Paul Malone has returned to the Steelmen after putting pen-to-paper on a one-year contract at Steel Park.
Malone joined Stamford AFC for the conclusion of last season and experienced the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division which Corby will be competing in next season.
Locally-born, Malone didn`t really want to leave the Steelmen last season, but felt he had no option under the previous regime.
Wright confirmed that Malone will be the club captain for next season too – an honour which has been welcomed by the player.