We can now report that popular and talented MTFC Reserve goalkeeper Marco Taaffe has decided to leave the club and take up a scholarship contract at Bethel University in Tennessee, USA.

The contract is now signed and subject to obtaining the student visa he will be on his way.He will be taking a degree course in Business Studies while at Bethel.

Marco is well known in the Matlock area and after spells with Chesterfield FC and Sheffield United he joined Matlock’s junior ranks under the careful guidance of Bob Evans and at the age of 16 was asked to play both with the under 19’s and the Reserve team and is currently in his second season in the nets for the reserves and is the current players player of the year , he also still plays for the under 19’s.He is a qualified referee and officiates most weekends if playing fixtures allow.

Marco says ” I have loved playing for Matlock and will continue to be registered with them to allow me to play and train with them when back in the U.K .This is a fantastic opportunity for me to experience college soccer in America and hopefully see the country as well at the same time as studying for my degree. I am particularly looking forward to the warmer climate in the southern U.S.A .and though I will miss Matlock Town and it’s players ,supporters and officials who I count as friends I will not miss the cold and wet!”

The standard of college soccer is high, his coach Chris Baker who is from the UK and a goalkeeper states that the standard is high and rising and hopes Marco will make a great success of his time in the U.S.A stating that many scholars at Bethel are tied up with MLS clubs over the summer break to further their experience and develop as players.He adds Marco will be part of a squad that includes Scholars from worldwide as well as Britain and the USA.

As a club, we could not be prouder of Marco and his achievements, we wish him all the best as he sets out on an exciting adventure and we hope to see him at the Autoworld Arena again in the future.

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