Bristol City defender Taylor Moore heads out on loan to Shrewsbury Town for the season

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Central defender links up with former Robins boss Steve Cotterill for the coming campaign.

Bristol City defender Taylor Moore has joined Shrewsbury Town in League One for the season.

The Robins centre-back had been widely expected to head elsewhere for the coming campaign after manager Nigel Pearson had previously intimated that certain players were not in his plans for the future, and with Moore having been on loan at Hearts for the 2021/22 season.

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Moore has just a year left on his current contract and that may mean that the player has likely played his final game for the Robins.

The 2016 summer window signing is one of City’s longest serving players, but he was unable to force his way into the team under Lee Johnson. He arguably played his best football in the middle of Dean Holden’s back three defence.

But despite Bristol City returning to three at the back during the last year under Nigel Pearson, Moore has been unable to convince that he is a man to build around at the back.

A poor performance in the first round of the EFL Cup against Forest Green Rovers last August did not help Moore’s chances, as the Robins were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by the now League One outfit.

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Moore, 25, then made 12 league starts for Hearts as the SPFL side finished fifth in 2021/22, and was in and out of the team for the Jambos as manager Robbie Neilson preferred other defensive options.

Moore will now link up with former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill, who takes his third Robins player to the Midlands following George Nurse signing last season and Saikou Janneh heading to Shropshire on loan.

Bristol City are expected to allow Zak Vyner to leave this summer too and to bring in one or two signings yet this window themselves.

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