The Daily Mail is reporting today that Steven Taylor is ready to sign a new contract at Newcastle.
Steven Taylor – wants to stay at Newcastle
But we’re not sure that there is anything really new in what the Mail is reporting.
His new agent, Leon Angel, did hold preliminary talks in London, with Vice-President of Player Recruitment, Tony Jimenez in early May.
But there has been no subsequent news on what happened, although it was a good move by Steven to get a professional agent handling his contract talks, rather than his father, Alf.
Steven Taylor started to produce some of his best form last season under Kevin Keegan, with the aid of the experienced influence of Abdoulaye Faye playing alongside him.
Certainly in the last 10 games of the season Steven again looked a solid and commanding figure, for one still only 22 years old and still learning his trade.
Taylor is on significantly less wages than most first team figures at the club, and it seems he’s getting around Â£10K/week on Tyneside. Boy, it’s a wonder he can even get by on those wages. 😀
In the contract talks late last summer he was apparently offered about double that, but his father, who at that time was acting as his agent, turned it down, and seemed upset at the way the club were treating the negotiations.
We’re not sure what the club will finally offer him, but we think Steven will reach an agreement with the club, and if he goes on to command a regular place and Newcastle are successful next season, the club will always be willing to award him an improved contract.
As long as he does the job for Newcastle, which a lot of our high wage earners didn’t do last season, and some of them have already been shipped out.
We also need to secure a certain Michael Owen to a long term deal too, and the sooner the better as far as we are concerned.