Kolkata, Dec 13: Two-time Indian Super League champions ATK on Tuesday announced the signing of former Newcastle United player Ryan Taylor as a replacement for Carl Baker who was ruled out for the season due to injury.

Ryan, known as a versatile player and a former England U-21 international, has the potential to play as a full-back or across the midfield and has excellent free-kick and dead ball skills.

“I am very excited to play for ATK. I know ATK has a huge fan following who share a high level of passion for their team. I will give my best, for the team and we will get back to winning ways,” Ryan said in a statement.

Ryan began his career at Tranmere Rovers in 2002 and made 122 league and cup appearances in three full seasons with the club, being voted as Tranmere’s Player of the Year and onto the PFA Team of the Year in 2004-05.

He has previously played for clubs like Wigan Athletic and later joined Newcastle United. Ryan had helped Newcastle United to win as champions of the Championship in 2009-10 and helped the team graduate from relegation.

After four matches, ATK are place rock-bottom of the ten-team points table with no wins and just two points.

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