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FORMER SADDLER BEGINS BIGGEST BATTLE

Former Walsall midfielder Kris Taylor has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Testicular Cancer.
Former Walsall midfielder Kris Taylor has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Testicular Cancer.

Kris, who began his career as an apprentice with Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Manchester United in 1998, he signed his first professional contract with the Red Devils in 2001 but was unable to break into the first team, making just a handful of reserve appearances.

Taylor joined Walsall in February 2003, spending much of the rest of the season in the clubs reserves. He made his debut nearly a year later, scoring in the Saddlers 3-2 away defeat to Stoke City.

Kris went on to play over 80 games for the club, he departed in 2007 after falling out of favour with then manager Richard Money.

In July 2007 Kris signed for Hereford United and became an instant hit with Bulls fans thanks to his versatility, playing at left back, left midfield and central midfield.

In the summer of 2009, Kris departed Edgar Street and signed for Port Vale after a successful trial, he made around 60 appearances for the Valiants before joining Darlington in June 2011 on an initial one-year deal, that contract, along with those of all other squad and staff members, was terminated in January 2012 before re rejoined the club on non-contract terms.

Kris went on to join AFC Telford United in the summer of 2012 after a brief fitness boosting spell with Port Vale.

He made around 20 appearances for Telford before joining Hednesford Town on loan in March 2013. Taylor would complete a permanent switch to Keys Park following Telford's relegation.

Kris was diagnosed on Friday and made the decision to play for Hednesford on Saturday, and scored in the 1-1 draw with Altrincham.

He took to Twitter to describe it as the “hardest game” he had played in. He is set to undergo an operation on Thursday.

We here at Bescot Banter wish Kris all the best in his treatment and recovery.

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