Stoke's Joel Taylor takes loan deal at Rochdale

Joel Taylor in action for Stoke at age group level in 2015
Image: Joel Taylor in action for Stoke at age group level in 2015

Stoke's young defender Joel Taylor has joined Rochdale on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old left-back, who can also play as a winger, is yet to represent the Stoke first team but has featured for the Under-23 side during this season's Football League Trophy.

Rochdale, who are currently inside the play-off positions in League One, made the announcement on Wednesday with Taylor telling the club website: "I've been training with the boys for the last couple days and I've enjoyed it here.

"I'm pleased to have joined on loan and excited to be playing under Keith Hill.

"He knows how to get the best out of his players and I think that will help me with my future development.

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"I know that he puts his trust in young players, so I feel like he'll put his trust in me and I will re-pay him for that."

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