Taylor commits to Magpies
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has ended uncertainty about his future by signing a new five-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park.
Last Updated: 27/12/10 10:53am
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has dashed reports of a move to Arsenal by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract at St James' Park.
The centre-back's previous deal was due to expire at the end of this season and in the summer he had been placed on the transfer list after a breakdown in discussions.
But that impasse, which saw Taylor linked with Arsenal, was reached under the regime of former manager Chris Hughton before the differences were put on hold.
Alan Pardew has since taken over and he made it one of his priorities to secure the 24-year-old to a new deal, which he has now achieved.
After committing his future until 2016, Taylor told Newcastle's official website: "I am absolutely delighted to have agreed terms with the club on a new long-term contract that will see me play for Newcastle United in my prime years.
"I joined the club as a boy and feel confident that I can fulfil all my professional ambitions here at my hometown club.
"Throughout the past few months I have never lost hope that everything could be sorted and that I could stay here and play for this fantastic football club.
"I would like to thank the fans for their support throughout the contract negotiations and I'll look to repay them with my performances in the black and white shirt.
"Also Chris Hughton for bringing me back into the team, Alan Pardew who made it clear from day one that he wanted me to stay at the club, the board and management for their willingness to work together to find an agreement and finally my agent Paul Stretford for always having my best interests at heart.
Manager Pardew said of the defender, who grew up in Whitley Bay: "I've always really admired Steven Taylor and I thought it was imperative that we kept him here. He's still young, he's a Geordie and he's a top defender.
"He's played a lot of games for somebody his age, played in Europe and captained his country at Under 21 level, and that says everything you need to know about him.
"Steven is somebody who can be a bedrock of our defence for a long time to come, and it's great news that he's staying. I made it one of my priorities when I arrived. Steven is just the sort of player that we need to keep at this club."