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St Johnstone beat Burton to winger Cleveland Taylor

Cleveland Taylor
Taylor says he is relishing the prospect of playing in Scotland's top flight

St Johnstone have signed Brentford winger Cleveland Taylor, beating off competition from Burton Albion.

The 26-year-old had been a key target of Burton manager Paul Peschisolido following a successful loan spell with the League Two club.

However, the former Carlisle and Scunthorpe man has opted to sign a one-year deal with the SPL club.

The Perth club see Taylor as a replacement for attacker Filipe Morais, who departed at the end of the season.

The pacy winger will link up with former Carlisle team-mate Scott Dobie, another St Johnstone summer signing, at Perth.

Last week, Peschisolido told BBC Radio Derby that he was confident of signing Taylor and that the player wanted to join Burton.

But that was before St Johnstone invited Taylor, an English-born Jamaica youth international, to Perth for talks.

And the player revealed the part Dobie played in persuading him to come north.

"It's great to get the deal done and out of the way; I can concentrate on getting my career back on track," Taylor told the club's website.

"I was made aware of the manager's interest a couple of weeks ago and I spoke to Scott Dobie, who is one of my best friends, and he has played a big part in persuading me to join St Johnstone.

I know I can bring some speed, excitement and creativity to the team

St Johnstone signing
Cleveland Taylor

"I spoke to Scott and he had apparently spoken highly of me to Saints manager Derek McInnes but wasn't sure if I would be willing to come up to Scotland.

"But I look around and see players such as Jody Morris and Michael Duberry, both guys from down south, already here.

"Not only that but I know that both have committed themselves to longer periods with the club than they had initially agreed to, so that speaks volumes for what they think of the club and that has played a big part in my thought process."

Taylor said it had not sunk in yet that he would be playing Celtic, Rangers and Hearts in the new season.

"I want to help Saints get into the top six. I know I can bring some speed, excitement and creativity to the team and I just want to get my head down and get on with it," he added.

Taylor began his career with Bolton Wanderers but failed to make a first-team breakthrough before enjoying a four-year spell with Scunthorpe United from 2004.

He spent a season with Carlisle United before moving to Brentford last summer, only to be farmed out to Burton after just 15 appearances for the League One club.



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