Taylor gets his Christmas Brussels

Former Man City youngster signs for Belgium league leaders Anderlecht

Taylor: On the rise

English forward Paul Taylor has put pen to paper with Belgian league leaders Anderlecht.

After trials with rivals Standard Liege in November, Brussels-based Anderlecht moved in and secured the services of the former Chester City forward.

Taylor, a former target of Nottingham Forest had been monitored by a number of top European clubs following his summer move to Royal Racing FC Montegnee near Liege.

Local giants Standard Liege offered the forward a trial and he performed well, however, no formal offer arrived which saw Anderlecht move in.

He has signed an 18-month contract with the option of another year, which will take affect on 1st January 2010. He is likely to be sent out on loan to a first division club for a month to get himself adjusted to top flight Belgian football and the club expects him to be ready for the first team squad in the spring.

Last year Taylor received a seven-month ban after failing a random drugs test while on loan at Chester City from Vauxhall Motors. He moved to Belgium in the summer and soon started to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

Taylor's British representative, agent Rob Shield, told skysports.com: "Paul came to me at the beginning of this year just before he received his ban from the FA.

"He asked if I could find a club out of England to get his career back on track. I had followed Paul's progress for a while, he has a special talent but like a lot of youngsters in football got led astray.

"Belgium was ideal and Montegnee's mix of English, Americans, Europeans and South American lads was just what he needed to get back on his feet.

"It's a second chance for the lad, he's still got plenty to do to reach a high level but Anderlecht is a very good club and they will look after him without any outside interference."