St James’ Park defender will not be leaving the Magpies any time soon.
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Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has signed a new five and a half year deal with the club.
The 24-year-old was out of contract next summer, having rejected a previous offer, but has now tied himself to the club until the summer of 2016.
“I joined the club as a boy and feel confident that I can fulfil all my professional ambitions here at my hometown club,” said Taylor.
“I have never lost hope that everything could be sorted and that I could stay.”
Taylor, who has made 177 appearances for the Magpies since joining the club as a schoolboy, has missed much of the season with a shoulder injury. But he returned to action against Chelsea in November and has been an ever present since.
“I would like to thank the fans for their support throughout the contract negotiations,” said Taylor. “I’ll look to repay them with my performances in the black and white shirt.
I’ve always really admired Steven Taylor and I thought it was imperative that we kept him here
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
“Also I have to thank 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.” (BBC Sport)
This should put to bed any rumours linking the Londoner with a move away from St James’ Park and it appears that new boss Alan Pardew will have made it clear just how much he thinks of the 24 year old England hopeful.
On his return from injury many felt it would be hard for Steven Taylor to unseat either of regular centre back pair Fabrizio Coloccini or Mike Williamson but Pardew appears to prefer the Greenwich born defender over the former Watford man.
The likes of Arsenal and Tottenham were supposedly chasing Taylor but any move for the former England Under 21 captain will now be off the cards.
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