National League side Hartlepool United are reportedly keeping tabs on Andrew Taylor as they weigh up their chances of signing the out-of-contract full-back this summer according to the Hartlepool Mail.

The left-back has been with Bolton since their last spell in League One in the 2016/17 season.

Taylor originally signed on loan from Wigan before making the move permanent in 2017.

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The Hartlepool-born defender is supposedly keen on a return to his hometown club but there are doubts about whether he’d be willing to drop down to National League level.

The 32-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the top-two divisions thanks to spells at Middlesbrough and Cardiff City.

It understood, according to the Hartlepool Mail, that although there is some interest there, no formal discussions have taken place as of yet to take the defender up the north east.

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While many fans at Bolton probably won’t miss Andrew Taylor, it will be a shame to see him go.

When Taylor first signed for Bolton in 2016, he was an instant improvement over Wanderers’ left-back at the time, Dean Moxey.

Taylor seemed assured on the ball more often than not and was a competent defender for the most part who was only let down by a lack of pace at times.

The full-back probably won’t remember his final season at Bolton with much fondness. Taylor took on the role of the players’ representative and dealt with matters concerning the PFA and EFL as the turbulent season came to an unceremonious end.

Andrew Taylor officially became a free agent when his contract expired on June 30.

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