Since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside a short 15 months ago, Ryan Taylor has become a successful player at Newcastle.
Ryan Taylor – on Tyneside until the summer of 2015
And the 27-year-old will now be staying on Tyneside until the summer of 2015, as he signed a two year extension to his current deal today.
Ryan signed from Wigan Athletic as a make-weight in the deal that took Charles N’Zogbia to Wigan for £6M plus Ryan.
And that deal now looks to be an excellent one for Newcastle, with Charles N’Zogbia now struggling to make the first team at 6th bottom placed Aston Villa, while Newcastle are riding high in 6th position.
The Liverpudlian has played a big part in getting Newcastle so high up in the Premier League this season, and in 28 appearances for the Magpies this term he has scored 3 great goals.
Ryan of course can play in many different positions and while he started the season at left back he has recently been out on the right wing and he can also play in central midfield, on either wing and in either full-back position.
And there’s a rumor he’s not bad goalie either. 😀
A delighted Ryan Taylor had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I’m over the moon. It’s been a quiet one to get done and didn’t take long,” “I stated not so long ago that I would love to stay here, and that has always been the case. Playing every week helps, and having a good manager has been a massive plus for me as well.
“When the gaffer came in first of all I was injured, so I’ve had to prove myself to him. But this season has been great for me on a personal note, and to have played every Premier League game bar two or three then it’s been a great season.”
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew deserves credit for bringing the best out of the versatile player since the Londoner arrived on Tyneside, and Alan had this to say on the signing:
“I am delighted to secure a contract extension for Ryan. He has been outstanding for me this season wherever I have asked him to play.”
“Ryan is a fantastic player who is firmly in the hearts of our fans, not only for his derby winner against Sunderland but also because of some excellent performances in the Newcastle shirt.”
“On the back of agreeing new deals last week with Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini, this gives us a huge boost going into the final 11 games, and hopefully Ryan can help us make this a truly memorable season.”
We had written a piece this morning saying that Newcastle should sign the two Dannnys – Simpson and Guthrie – but Ryan Taylor now becomes the third player in five days to sign on at Newcastle, joining captain Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul, as Alan points out above.
This is good news and I just watched Ryan’s interview on nufcTV – anybody who has a subscription watch the interview – Ryan comes over as such a great lad.