David Healy advises Linfield supporters of the departure of Dale Taylor.
“I want to take this opportunity to advise our supporters that Dale Taylor will today start an exciting new adventure with Nottingham Forest.
Agreement has been reached between the clubs for the transfer to take place and this is a terrific opportunity for Dale to progress and develop as a player at a famous club that will be pressing hard to get back in the Premier League where they will feel they belong.
Dale won’t be 17 until December but Forest and several other leading clubs see the potential he possesses and the hard work really starts now for Dale to carve out a career for himself.
He and his mother came in to see me last week to say their farewells. I know he has a supportive family and they and all his friends in North Belfast are right behind him in wanting him to do well as he embarks upon this exciting new challenge.
Dale progressed through our Academy and made a couple of first team appearances and I know the coaches in our Academy are delighted to see him be given this opportunity at a big club and they too will be watching his progress with interest and willing him to succeed.
He got to score a fantastic late equalising goal for our first team in a County Antrim Shield tie against Cliftonville at Windsor Park in October and I know that’s a special memory for him. As you will see from the photo below, he wanted to leave us with the match worn shirt he wore on that special occasion for him.
On behalf of all the players, staff, management, directors and supporters of Linfield FC, I would like to extend every best wish to Dale Taylor in his exciting new career opportunity at Nottingham Forest”.
Above - Steel and Sons cup winner last Christmas.