Nottingham Forest appointed Andy Reid as their full-time under-23 head coach yesterday – and that could be good news for Dale Taylor.
The Belfast-born youngster checked in from Linfield during the summer and has been tearing it up in the academy.
Taylor has featured for both the under-18s and under-23s this season and is finding his feet nicely.
The 17-year-old has scored eight goals for Gareth Holmes’ under-18 ranks and can play out wide of as a striker.
Reid’s path to Forest stardom began in similar fashion to Taylor’s journey.
He was playing for Cherry Orchard in Ireland when the Reds spotted him and made the move to take him to England.
He came to these shores with Keith Foy, another player who went on to make the first-team grade at the City Ground.
Reid was 16 when he came to Nottingham and by the time he stopped playing in 2016, he had stacked up 290 outings in the Garibaldi.
Taylor looks like an exciting addition for Forest.
He made his first-team debut for Linfield at 15 and scored in just his second game at senior level.
Following that contest, his boss David Healy described the gem as an ‘exceptional’ player.
The young Northern Irishman looks to have all the attributes to go a long way at Forest and in Reid, he has the perfect role model.
The new under-23 coach will clearly see some similarities with Taylor’s embark into English football and that could bode well.
Under Reid’s wing, he could kick-on even further. It’ll certainly be interesting to see whether he plays a more prominent role in the under-23s between now and May.
If he doesn’t, there is time on his side of course.
Taylor is quick, strong for his age and has a lethal instinct when it comes to finishing.
He still has some way to go but under Reid’s wing, the youngster could become a first-team player in no time at all.