DAN Taylor has joined Npower League One outfit Oldham Athletic.
The 19-year-old, of Whitley Bay finished last season as top scorer for both Newcastle United under-18s and the Magpies’ reserves, with 11 and nine goals respectively, but was released by the club.
Taylor has now signed a one-year deal with the Latics and they have an option to extend that contract by a further 12 months.
The Greater Manchester club consider the signing to be a coup as they had to fight off competition from other clubs including Scottish Premier outfits Hearts and St Mirren, as well as Preston North End and an unnamed Championship side, to get the teenager.
Taylor said: “This is a great opportunity for me to hopefully play regular first-team football, something I need to be doing.
“My chances would have been limited had I stayed at Newcastle, who have been very supportive of me.”
Taylor’s decision was swayed by the opportunity to master his trade with Boundary Park boss Paul Dickov.
“Having the opportunity to work with Paul Dickov, who was a striker in his playing days had a big bearing on my decision,” he said.
“Hopefully he can improve me further.”
A spokesman for Oldham Athletic said: “Dan’s signing is a bit of a coup, with the striker having turned down two SPL clubs to sign at Boundary Park.
“Hopefully, Dan can bring fire power to the Athletic line-up and bring more goals to Paul Dickov’s side, having learned his skills with one of the Premier League giants, Newcastle United.”
Apart from his haul with the Magpies, Taylor also scored three goals in four appearances last season whilst on a work experience loan deal with Northern League first division side Ashington.