Jake Taylor joined Reading at the age of eight and made 31 appearances for the Royals having graduated from their academy. He had a number of loan periods with Aldershot, Crawley, Leyton Orient, Cheltenham and Motherwell from 2011 to 2016. Jake has represented Wales at under-17 and under-19 level. On 18 May 2010 he made his debut for the Wales under-21 side in a 1–0 defeat to Austria. In his last game for the under-21s, he captained the side against the Czech Republic in a 5–0 defeat. In September 2014 Jake was called up to the senior Wales squad for a match against Andorra. He made his international debut against Cyprus in the same season.
The twice-capped Welsh international returned to the Grecians on a permanent basis in January 2016, after a previous loan spell that lasted for the majority of the 2011/12 campaign. Jake played an incredible 51 games for the Grecians in season 2016/17 as they reached League Two play-off final. Most of those appearances came in central midfield, but Jake also filled in on the right wing, in a No. 10 role and at right back. His versatility earned him praise from manager Paul Tisdale at the end of season awards where he was named the players' player of the year.
Jake left Exeter in May 2021 and the club said the following:-
"Jake Taylor joined the club in January 2016 and went on to become Matt Taylor’s captain for the last three seasons. A true servant to this club since his arrival, Jake had his best goalscoring season of his career in 2017/18, notching eight goals and narrowly missed that number this season, finding the net six times, including a memorable run of four goals in two weeks in October and November. Taylor has been a model captain of the football club and, as Matt says, a huge influence on and off the pitch.
“We expect Jake to leave the club. He’s been a fantastic servant and he’s been my captain for three years. He’s been a fantastic captain and he’s grown into that role and shown a maturity, simply because of what he’s had around him,” his manager said.
“He has cut a frustrated figure at times because his influence has been second to none on and off the pitch, but we’ve not been quite good enough to support that. He deserves to go onto bigger and better things and get that financial security so to speak.
“I know he wants to go back home to Reading so he will be looking for a club closer to there. We wish Jake all the best. I can’t speak highly enough of him and his influence on a daily basis, which the fans don’t see, but also in terms of games.
“In terms of senior players that I can trust every week, you know what you’re going to get out of Jake and that is a great reflection over the course of the season and his career here.”
Jake said the following
"I just want to thank everyone for their support over the last 5 and a half years. It's been an absolute pleasure to captain and play for this football club.
I wish everyone involved with Exeter City the best and I will be following from a distance. I'm looking forward to taking my family back home and starting new challenge.
Thanks for the memories"
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