Steven Taylor has surprisingly told the Sunday Mirror that if there is no offer to him on the table by this summer, he will have to look at his options and maybe leave the club.
Steven Taylor – frustrated at lack of a contract offer
When talks broke down early last September then Chairman Chris Mort said he would get personally involved to sort out the contract for Steven.
Both James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia signed their 5 year extended contracts early in the season, but apparently the contract offered to Steven was not as lucrative as the other two. Steven’s father Alf, acting as Steven’s agent, balked at the offer which was reported to be Â£1M/year.
The England Under-21 international is very keen to remain on Tyne-side, and remain with the club he has supported all his life, but a deal has still to be agreed and the longer this goes the worse it starts to look.
Steve Taylor told the Sunday Mirror today:
“I have heard nothing at all about a new contract,” “It is up to the chairman to offer me one, but the longer it goes without any feedback the more concerned I’m becoming.”
“Kevin Keegan has been fantastic to me since he came in,” “But I don’t think this is down to him.â€ â€œIt has to be sorted out by the people upstairs. There has been a lack of contact.”
“My dad has been mucked about. Meetings have been canceled. For things to have dragged on this long is a joke.”
“The longer I hear nothing the more I fear they will want to sell me. If there is no offer on the table by the summer, then I will have no choice but to look at my options.”
We’d like Steven Taylor to stay at the club – because what Kevin Keegan has already said is that the local boys are like gold dust at the club, and we don’t have many left. They come in every day and work their tails off for the club and are so good to have around, according to the manager.
Steven is also not a bad player, although he still has much to learn, but being captain of the England Under-21 side is not bad at his age.
We’d like to see Chris Mort sort this out – and offer a suitable contract to Steven – as soon as possible.