Craig Hignett sheds light on Andrew Taylor situation as Bolton Wanderers left-back spotted at Hartlepool United friendly

Craig Hignett has admitted that Bolton Wanderers left-back Andrew Taylor would be a ‘great addition’ to the Hartlepool United side amid reported interest.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 11th July 2019, 7:10 am
Andrew Taylor in action for Bolton Wanderers (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The 32-year-old defender played 26 times for the Trotters in the Championship last term and is thought to be keen on a return to the north east.

Born in Hartlepool, Taylor played over 100 games in the Premier League while at Middlesbrough and Cardiff City. And after a difficult season at Bolton, he is now weighing up his options with Pools thought to be a potential destination.

Taylor is believed to have attended Hartlepool’s pre-season matches at Billingham Town and Newton Aycliffe. He’s also a good friend and former Boro teammate of Pools’ goalkeeping coach Ross Turnbull.

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And while United boss Hignett admitted he’d love to bring the full-back to the Super 6 Stadium this summer, he was quick to clear up the early speculation.

“There’s not too much I can say really, I’ve not spoken to Andrew,” he revealed.

“I’m not sure where the story has come from but he’d obviously be a great addition for us there’s no doubt about it because he’s someone who I know really well.

“He was at our game at Billingham and I think he might have been at Newton Aycliffe too. That’s what Ross Turnbull was saying as he knows him well and they speak quite a bit.

“But no, I haven’t spoke to him about coming here – I’d love to though!”