Steven Taylor has talked at length about signing his new contract at his local club, Newcastle United, today.
Steven Taylor – seems really delighted to be staying on Tyneside
And it appears that it was the arrival of new manager Alan Pardew that got things moving on a deal that had been a full 12 months in negotiations, and got the Board and Alan’s agent Paul Stretford to reach a deal for the Greenwich-born and very experienced center-back.
Steven Taylor waxed lyrical about everything and everybody today, as he is obviously delighted to be staying at the Newcastle club, which he’s supported since he was a boy:
“The board have been absolutely fantastic – I am delighted with a five-and-a-half-year contract.” “I always wanted an extension to my existing contract.”
“The club are going forward now, and I want to be part of that.” “The new manager has come in and he has had a massive part to play.”
“The first day he came in, he sat me down and said he wanted my future resolved.” “I was over the moon, and I was glad he got the ball rolling. For me to sign this contract means so much.”
“I want to be part of this football club for the next five and a half years.” “I will be happy running out in front of 52,000 for the next five and a half years – by then I will be grey and old!”
Taylor had even been put on the transfer list since late August, and at the time he came out and said he wanted to stay at Newcastle, but his agent Paul Stretford wasn’t making any quick deals it seems, and seemed to be driving the Newcastle hierarchy nuts.
And Steven is taking the opportunity to say that he;s never once criticized the club and never wanted to leave, which is true, but why did it take so long to sign ta deal?
“I have never once criticized the club.” “I am not one of those players you see in football who, if things are not going well or if they do not get a contract, have a moan.”“I have never once said I wanted to leave this club.” “All the time I wanted to stay – it was between my agent and the board.”
“It was totally business at the end of the day. They were just trying to get something sorted.” “A few players have signed five-year contracts.”
“I wanted stability at this football club, and they have proved they wanted me for the next five and a half years.”
“That is all I cared about. There is a structure at this football club and I am happy with that.”
One reason it would have been tragic if Steven had been allowed to leave is that he came through the Newcastle Academy, as did another local boy, Andy Carroll, and both players are proof of how the Newcastle club can capture the best local talent on Tyneside.
And it gives local lads every reason to believe that if they are good enough they can play for their local club, and they don’t have to look elsewhere like other top youngsters like Alan Shearer, as just one example, have done in the past.
“I joined the club as a boy and feel confident I can fulfil all my professional ambitions here at my hometown club.”
“Throughout the past few months I have never lost hope everything could be sorted and that I could stay here and play for this fantastic club.”
“I would like to thank the fans for their support throughout the contract negotiations, and I will look to repay them with my on-field performances. Also, thanks to Chris Hughton for bringing me back into the team.”
“To Alan Pardew, who made it clear from day one he wanted me to stay at the club, to the board and management for their willingness to work together to find an agreement and finally to my agent Paul Stretford for always having my best interests at heart.”
We’ve always rated Steven at the Newcastle club, and his performances in the last four games suggests he can do a big job for Newcastle in the years ahead, when hopefully Newcastle fans will see some success come the club’s way – for a change.
We only live in hope – we always live in hope. 😀
Howay The Lads!!