Steven Taylor agrees Newcastle deal
Steven Taylor is convinced he can fulfil his ambitions with Newcastle after finally signing a new five and a half year contract.
The 24-year-old central defender looked to heading out of the club he supported as a schoolboy when he was transfer-listed after failing to agree a new deal.
But with new boss Alan Pardew as keen to retain the services of one of the Magpies' most promising Academy graduates as his predecessor Chris Hughton had been, a compromise has been reached.
Taylor and his team-mates will head into a difficult Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham today hoping to avoid the kind of costly errors which cost them so dearly against high-flying Manchester City.
But for the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender, the game will mark the beginning of another, and he hopes successful, chapter.
Taylor said: “I am absolutely delighted to have agreed terms with the club on a new long-term contract that will see me play for Newcastle United in my prime years. I joined the club as a boy and feel confident that I can fulfil all my professional ambitions here at my home-town club.
“Throughout the past few months, I have never lost hope that everything could be sorted and that I could stay here and play for this fantastic football club. I would like to thank the fans for their support throughout the contract negotiations and I'll look to repay them with my performances in the black and white shirt.
“Also [I would like to thank former boss] Chris Hughton for bringing me back into the team, Alan Pardew who made it clear from day one that he wanted me to stay at the club, the board and management for their willingness to work together to find an agreement and finally my agent Paul Stretford for always having my best interests at heart.”
Taylor is the latest player to put pen to paper on a new deal with Andy Carroll, Mike Williamson and Nile Ranger all having committed their long-term futures to the club in recent months.
Pardew made Taylor's situation one of his first priorities and he was delighted to have resolved the situation. He said: “I've always really admired Steven Taylor and I thought it was imperative that we kept him here.”