ATK ropes former Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor

Taylor began his career at Tranmere Rovers in 2002 and made 122 league and cup appearances in three full seasons with the club, being voted as the club's Player of the Year and into the PFA Team of the Year in 2004–05.

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Ryan Taylor, a former England Under-21 defender, can also play in midfield and is known for his dead ball skills.   -  Getty Images

Two-time ISL champion ATK announced on Tuesday that the team has signed former Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor as replacement for Carl Baker, who is injured and will miss the rest of this season.

The defender, a former England Under-21 international, can also play in midfield and is known for his dead ball skills.

Taylor began his career at Tranmere Rovers in 2002 and made 122 league and cup appearances in three full seasons with the club, being voted as the club's Player of the Year and into the PFA Team of the Year in 2004–05.

He has turned out for clubs such as Wigan Athletic and later joined Newcastle United. Taylor had helped Newcastle United to the Championship title (second division) in 2009–10.

“I am very excited to play for ATK. I know ATK has a huge fan following who share a high level of passion for their team. I will give my best, for the team and we will get back to winning ways,” Taylor said in a release.

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