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7 March 2013

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Midfielder joins for the rest of the season

Former Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Solomon Taiwo has joined the Hatters on a contract until the end of the season.

Taiwo, 27, flourished under current Town manager John Still at Victoria Road, having been signed from Sutton United in 2007.

He won the Player of the Year award in his first full season with Dagenham, scoring six goals as Still’s side finished just outside the League 2 Play-Offs in 2008/09.

His all-action performances at the heart of the Daggers midfield won him many admirers and ultimately they earned him a move to Championship club Cardiff City in the summer of 2009.

Signed by Dave Jones, Taiwo played nine games in the Championship for the Bluebirds before Jones left the club. Unable to hold down a regular place in the side, he returned on-loan to Dagenham in 2010/11.

Last season Taiwo spent a spell out on loan with League One side Leyton Orient prior to his release at the Cardiff City Stadium in the summer, and this season he turned out once for Mansfield in the Blue Square Bet Premier. 

But now the Nigerian is reunited with the manager who helped him become one of the most highly-rated midfield players in the lower leagues.

Strong, creative and with an eye for goal, Still was delighted to have Taiwo on the Town’s books.

Still told “Solomon is a bright boy, and a strong and good passing footballer who can really compete.

“He is by no means fit to be included straight away, but once he’s up and at it he will be a really great addition to the squad.”

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