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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Workington Reds keeper Aaran Taylor ruled out after freak Xmas accident

Workington Reds keeper Aaran Taylor has been ruled out of action for at least two months after a freak Christmas Eve accident.

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Xmas falls badly: Aaran Taylor

The self-employed joiner fell off a ladder at work, snapping a bone in his wrist, and needs to be in cast for six weeks.

Ever-present Taylor has been one of Reds’ star players this season and boss Darren Edmondson has had to move quickly to replace his regular No1.

No exact time frame has been put on Taylor’s return, with specialists needing to examine the injury after the cast comes off.

Edmondson described Taylor’s absence as a major blow for the club, and has brought Newcastle keeper Jonathan Mitchell in.

Mitchell, a 5ft 11in shot stopper, is only 18, but has been recommended by the coaching staff at Newcastle. He has played for the U18 and reserve side. Edmondson is also searching for a more experienced goalkeeper and hopes to make another signing in the coming weeks.

He said: “What happened to Aaran was a freak accident, but one that has cost us a great player for a prolonged period.

“Aaran fell off a ladder, and injured broke a bone in his wrist. He’s got to wear a cast for six weeks, and then go for more scans.

“I don’t know when he’ll be back, but we had to move quickly to replace him.

“Jonathan comes to us highly recommended by the staff at Newcastle. They have done us a big favour, by letting us take him.

“It was getting desperate on Christmas Eve hunting for a keeper to come in for the Harrogate game. There were some frantic phone calls being made.

“Jonathan is a strong boy with a good reputation at Newcastle.

“He’s only 18, and I am still looking for someone more experienced to come in.

“Goalkeeper is a crucial position, and we’ve been spoiled over the last few years with Adam Collin, Tony Caig, and Aaran.

“This is an unfortunate situation, and we need an experienced head to come in and marshal the defence.

“Calls are still being made, and hopefully we have another keeper in to add competition to the squad very soon.”

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