George Taft

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George Taft
George Taft 07-09-2013 1.jpg
Taft playing for York City in 2013
Personal information
Full name George William Taft[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Burton Albion
Number 5
Youth career
000?–2011 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Leicester City 0 (0)
2011 Kettering Town (loan) 14 (0)
2012 Karlstad BK (loan) 12 (0)
2013 York City (loan) 3 (0)
2014– Burton Albion 0 (0)
National team
2010 England U18 1 (1)
2011 England U19 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:30, 14 September 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

George William Taft (born 29 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays for Burton Albion as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, Taft started his career at Leicester City where he is a product of their youth academy. He is yet to make his senior debut for his club, but was placed on the bench for the match against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third round tie which ended 0–0. He was also placed on the bench for the replay which Leicester won 4–0. Sven-Göran Eriksson sent the youngster on loan to Kettering Town in 2011 and Nigel Pearson later sent him on loan to Karlstad BK so he may gain experience. Taft was released by Leicester on 9 May 2014 without making an appearance for the club.

Loan to Kettering Town[edit]

Taft went on loan to Kettering Town from August 2011 to October 2011, he started 14 games for the club before returning home in October 2011.[3][4]

Loan to Karlstad BK[edit]

Taft went on loan to Swedish football club Karlstad BK[5] in Division 1 from March 2012, where he made 12 appearances.[6]

Loan to York City[edit]

On 29 August 2013, Taft joined League Two club York City on a one-month loan,[7] and made his debut two days later in the team's 2–1 away defeat at Exeter City.[8] Having made three appearances for York,[8] he was sent back to Leicester on 23 September 2013 after falling behind David McGurk, Danny Parslow and Chris Smith in the pecking order for a central defensive berth.[9]

Burton Albion[edit]

Taft signed for League Two Burton Albion on a two-year contract on 30 May 2014.[10]

International career[edit]

At international level, Taft has represented England at under-18 level one time and scored in his only game. Taft was a member of the England Under-19 squad for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 September 2013.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2011–12[12] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kettering Town (loan) 2011–12[13] Conference Premier 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Karlstad BK (loan) 2012[2] Division 1 Södra 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
York City (loan) 2013–14[8] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 19. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "G. Taft". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kettering Town's Leon McKenzie expecting play-off push". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kettering Town extend loan for Leicester's George Taft". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Swedish side take on Leicester City youngster George Taft". thisisleicestershire.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "KARLSTAD BK". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "York City sign Leicester City defender George Taft on loan". BBC Sport. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Games played by George Taft in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Flett, Dave (23 September 2013). "Relieved York City manager Nigel Worthington hails wide rot-stoppers". The Press (York). Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "George Taft: Burton Albion sign defender as Hussey exits". BBC Sport. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "George Taft". The Football Association. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Squad stats: 2011/12". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Games played by George Taft in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 

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