Northern Ireland’s veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor signed for Leeds United today, providing Simon Grayson with much needed cover following the injury Andy Lonergan sustained last month and the subsequent meltdown of his understudy, Paul Rachubka.

In total, there are now five goalkeepers at Elland Road including young Alex Cairns and on loan Alex McCarthy who is likely to start in goal for the visit of Barnsley this Saturday after an impressive performance in the 2-1 win over Burnley at the weekend.

At 40 years young, Taylor’s age may be of some concern to fans, but his wealth of experience could be just what The Whites need. The Irish international is no stranger to a promotion fight and was a key figure in the Fulham side that went from League One to the Premier League in three seasons (1998-2001).

Taylor went on to play for Birmingham City in the Premiership where he was voted the EPL Fans’ Goalkeeper of the Year 2003-04.

Even if Taylor never starts a game for Leeds United, his presence at the club is worth the transfer alone. Andy Lonergan and Alex Cairns could learn a lot from such an experienced professional, but so too could the rest of the team – when you’re aiming for promotion, having players around that have been there and know how to handle the pressure can be a huge bonus.

From a fans perspective, looking down at the bench and seeing Maik Taylor in the seat Paul Rachubka once kept warm will be a comforting sight.