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Posted Friday, July 5th 2019

Taylor commits to Flyers for 2019/20 season

Bristol Flyers can confirm Chris Taylor will remain with the club for the 2019/20 season.

The 28-year-old British guard enters his third season with the club after joining from Derby Trailblazers in the summer of 2017.

Taylor was ever-present in Coach Kapoulas’ squad last season, making 22 appearances, whilst featuring Coach Kapoulas' starting line-up eight times.

"I'm glad I made the decision to come to Bristol two years ago. I’ve been able to progress as a player and I’ve met some great people.

"I feel like my confidence has definitely improved since I’ve been here. I’ve had to adjust to the physicality of the BBL, but I always felt that I had the ability to play at this level. I’ve made some adjustments to my game and hopefully that will lead to success this season

"Coach Kapoulas told me how hungry he is to win. He wants to bring silverware back to Bristol this year and finish in the top four.

"He also discussed a bigger opportunity for me this year and I'm ready for it.

"I'm excited to be a Flyer again and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Having previously played NCAA Division Two basketball at Chadron State College, Taylor scored 111 points in his senior year.

He went on to spend two years with the Trailblazers in NBL Division One, where he posted 12.5 points per game and also led the league in steals during the 2016/17 season (2.4).

Taylor joins a growing core of Bristol Flyers players from last season, which features Lewis Champion, Fred Thomas, Daniel Edozie and Marcus Delpeche.

"Chris is a great example of the opportunity that our programme offers to players to develop and play at the highest level of competition in the country,” said Coach Kapoulas.

“He's certainly made the most of it and it's very pleasing to see how much he has developed over the last two years.

"Chris made a lot of impact in our team last season and it was very unfortunate that his injury towards the end of year slowed him down a bit. 

"Now entering his third year with us, he is fully fit, with a firm understanding of our system. We are confident in his ability and we will be looking for him to be a key contributor to our squad this season."

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