LAW MAKER

New boss delighted to capture 'League One player'...

MATT Taylor has taken big steps towards stamping his mark on the Exeter City squad with a number of signings since taking up the reins at the beginning of June.

The Grecians manager made his first two signings with the captures of defender Aaron Martin from Oxford United and former Notts County striker Jonathan Forte.

But Taylor was always searching for an experienced central midfielder and made his move for Nicky Law after the 30-year-old was released by Bradford City.

The signing was made possible after Lloyd James was sold to Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee to bring his two-year spell at St James’ Park to an end.

Law arrives at Exeter with an impressive CV having launched his career at Sheffield United before having loan spells at Yeovil Town and Bradford City.

He made more than 100 appearances for Rotherham between 2009 and 2011 and, over the next two years, the midfielder played 86 times for Motherwell.

In 2013, Law made the switch to Rangers and helped the Scottish side win promotion back into the Premiership.

Having played 114 times and scoring 24 times for the Ibrox side over three seasons, he returned to Valley Parade to join up with Bradford again in 2016.

Last season Law made 43 appearances for Bradford as the Bantams missed out on the League One playoffs following an end of season dip.

But Taylor views the signing as an important piece of business and someone who can push the club on to greater heights.

The Grecians chief said: “He is a good player, a League One player, it’s as simple as that. I’m delighted to have secured him as a signing, he’s going to be a very good player for us going forward.

“He has signed a long-term contract, so I see him playing a big part in terms of our progression as a club over the next couple of years.

“Nicky has vast experience and he hasn’t missed many games through injury. He’s someone I can rely on, a good character, and I can trust him.

“But more importantly he is a good player.

“He is technically very good and positionally he is excellent as well. He will provide us with a bit of an attacking threat, he could play in the centre of midfield, he could play left, or he could play right.

“I’d like to think his best years are ahead of him. The way we are going to train here we will give him a real impetus in terms of his game going forward. He has made a big commitment with his family. He is moving down with his partner and child so I’m delighted that he has invested in the club and the area.”

Law will bring much-needed experience to the central midfield area where he will compete with Hiram Boateng and Jordan Tillson for places in the engine room.

To complement the injection of experience, Taylor has used his contacts to bring in young Norwich City striker Tristan Abrahams on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old frontman came through the youth ranks at Leyton Orient before being sold to the Canaries in the summer of 2017 following the O’s relegation out of the Football League.

But having yet to force his way into the Norwich first-team, Taylor was alerted to his talent by Norwich under-23s coach Matt Gill, who used to play alongside the City boss when Exeter sealed back-to-back promotions between 2008 and 2009.

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