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21-year-old midfielder joins on loan from AFC Bournemouth

25 September 2020

Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of Kyle Taylor on loan from AFC Bournemouth.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who follows Shaun Hobson in making the switch from the Cherries’ Academy to Roots Hall, has agreed a temporary move until January in time to be available for tomorrow’s clash against Morecambe.

He is another one that Mark Molesley knows extremely well from their time at the Vitality Stadium, where Taylor himself has been since the age of 12.

He made his professional debut for Bournemouth in 2018, coming on in the 87th minute of an FA Cup Third Round game against Wigan Athletic.

A year later Taylor made his full debut, again in the FA Cup, starting in a 3-1 defeat to Brighton, before going out on loan to Forest Green last season to gain more first team experience.

Molesley’s newest addition said: “I’m buzzing to finally get signed. Driving up today I was so excited and I can’t wait to get started.

“It’s been a quick turnaround. There’s been a bit of interest and then yesterday and today it finally got done.

“I think knowing the gaffer here will help me settle in really quickly. It’s amazing to have a manager who has belief in you and that can only help in training and in games. It really gives you the confidence to go and do what you do best.”

Taylor believes being his second loan spell, after six months at Forest Green last season, will ensure he can hit the ground running in Sky Bet League Two.

“The step up from U21s football to men’s football is such a big step,” he added.

“The experience I had last year at Forest Green showed me a lot, and I learnt a lot from it. I feel like I’m ready to bring that here to Southend.

“It’s been a tough start to League Two but hopefully I can bring something to the team and, if I’m called upon, starting from tomorrow.”

Blues boss Molesley, who has worked with Taylor for the past four years in the youth set-up at Bournemouth, said: “KT is no stranger to us.

“We’re looking to add quality to this football club and KT certainly does that.

“He’s technically a very good footballer, he understands the way we want to play and I think it will be quite a seamless transition for him to come in here.

“He can play central, he can play as a 10 or he can even play wide. He’s an intelligent footballer and he’s another one who’s hungry to prove himself.”

Taylor will wear the number 28 shirt.

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