Thursday 08 March 2012
Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor has signed a new two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2015.
The 27-year-old, who joined Newcastle from Wigan in 2009, has been a key member of the squad this season having played in all but two of the club's 27 Barclays Premier League matches so far.
Taylor started the campaign as a regular on the left side of defence but has recently been deployed on the right side of midfield.
He has scored two League goals this season, producing the winners against Sunderland and Everton.
"Ryan is a fantastic player who is firmly in the hearts of our fans"
- Alan Pardew
"I'm over the moon. It's been a quiet one to get done and didn't take long," Taylor told the club's official website.
"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 - it's been a great season."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said he was delighted that Taylor has committed himself to the club for the next three years.
"He has been outstanding for me this season wherever I have asked him to play," said Pardew.
"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."
Newcastle are currently fifth in the League table and their next match is against fourth-placed Arsenal on Monday night.