Sad news today as long-term Reading player Jake Taylor has left the club to sign for Exeter City on a permanent deal. Having been on loan at Motherwell recently, the Welshman joins Paul Tisdale's side on a free transfer. Of course, Exeter is not a new club for Taylor - he played for the Devon side in 2011/12.
Incredibly, the 24 year old had been with Reading since the age of 8, meaning that he's been a Royal for two thirds of his life. However, having graduated from the academy and going on loan to a number of clubs - including Aldershot, Cheltenham, Crawley and Leyton Orient - he failed to hold down a place in the senior side.
His most successful run came under Nigel Adkins, when Taylor was regularly deployed as a left winger following the departure of Jobi McAnuff in the summer of 2014. Despite that spell, in which he scored against Ipswich Town, Scunthorpe and Wolves, the sacking of Nigel Adkins effectively ended his first team fortunes.
Although it'd be hard to argue that Jake Taylor made the grade at Reading, I'm still quite sad to see him leave. Besides his loan spells, the Welshman has dedicated all of his career to the club, having been involved in the youth set-up from a very early age. All of us at The Tilehurst End wish him all the best in his future career, wherever it may take him.
PS, He'll probably end up scoring against us at some point, won't he?