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Taylor Crosses The Bristol Divide

Bristol City have swooped to sign Bristol Rovers star striker Matt Taylor for an undisclosed fee.

The deal was confirmed on transfer deadline day, with the 26-year-old penning a two-and-a-half-year contract at the Sky Bet Championship club, with a further year’s option.

Taylor has been Rovers’ top scorer for the past two seasons and has continued his red-hot form in League One, netting 19 times in all competitions before opting to move to Ashton Gate.

He scored an incredible 67 goals in 132 matches during his time at the Memorial Stadium.

Head coach Lee Johnson told "I think we've got ourselves a natural goalscorer.

"It's been interesting to watch his progress. He's scored goals at every level he's played at and his next challenge is to do that in the Championship.

"Having seen other goalscorers make that step up, Sam Winnall as an example, if you can put the ball in the right areas then they'll inevitably stick it in the net.

"It'll be a big step up in standard for him, but he's been able to deal with every challenge that's been thrown at him so far in his career."

Taylor was originally on the books of Oxford United, before moving into non-league football and hitting form with Forest Green Rovers from 2011 onwards.

Three seasons later Taylor moved to Rovers to boost the blue and white half of Bristol’s bid for an immediate escape from non-league football.

He scored 20 times in the Conference, including in both legs of the play-off semi-final against his former employers.

Last season Taylor was again the star of the show with 28 goals as Rovers snatched promotion on the final day of the campaign.

City have secured the capture of one of the lower leagues’ hottest properties and Taylor will now be looking to fire in goals for the red half of the city on an equally regular basis.