Taylor lands Leeds trial

Image: Maik Taylor: Veteran goalkeeper has joined Leeds United on trial

Veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor is on trial with Leeds United as Simon Grayson ponders increasing his options.

Veteran goalkeeper looking to impress Grayson

Veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor is on trial with Leeds United as Simon Grayson ponders increasing his options. The 40-year-old Northern Ireland international is available as a free agent having been released by Birmingham City at the end of last season. Taylor has already made an immediate impact for the Whites after playing in a behind-closed-doors match against Chelsea at the club's Thorp Arch training ground. The former Barnet, Southampton and Fulham shot-stopper saved a penalty as the hosts secured a 2-1 victory over the Blues. Grayson has already brought in Alex McCarthy on a month's loan from Reading, with Andy Lonergan on the sidelines with a broken finger.

Available

The Leeds boss told the club's official website: "Maik is an experienced goalkeeper who has been without a club since the summer. "He is available to train and play, and he did very well against Chelsea. "We're obviously looking at the goalkeeping situation so we'll see how things develop and what suits both parties." Paul Rachubka is out of favour at Elland Road after his nightmare display against Blackpool, leaving only teenager Alex Cairns as Grayson's other option.

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