Altrincham-based Max Taylor signs for Rochdale – a year after cancer battle

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Rochdale have signed Altrincham boy and former Manchester United defender Max Taylor, less than three years after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The 21-year-old spent a short-term loan spell at National League North outfit Kidderminster Harriers before the division was suspended in January 2021.

Taylor officially left United at the end of the 2020/21 campaign to pursue league football.

Speaking to Altrincham Today, Taylor said: “Leaving United was inevitable, as at 21, because I wasn’t a part of the manager’s plans, I had to go and find a new challenge.

“My target was to break into the football league, after breaking into men’s football last season and showcasing myself.

“I like the [Rochdale] manager, the way he coaches, and his plans for the whole squad.”

Breaking the news to his 37,000 Instagram followers, Taylor said he was overwhelmed by the many comments he received on the site.

Taylor said: “Even though I don’t look too much into it… I’ve had amazing support on it [Instagram]. I’ve had comments from random people, from the United fans, which have all been positive.”

Rochdale kick-off their League Two campaign away to Harrogate Town this Saturday. The Altrincham-based player is keen to make an impact and become an important part of the squad as they chase for promotion.

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