Taylor looks to Toon future

Former England Under-21 international finds a new lease of life

Ryan Taylor: Newcastle's new left-back flourishing in a succesful team

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Newcastle's Ryan Taylor has revealed he is thriving in his new role as an unconventional left-back at St James' Park.

Taylor was a bit-part player last term, making just three appearances for the Magpies after a series of frustrating injuries.

Jose Enrique's departure to Liverpool in the summer paved the way for Taylor - a right-footer - to get a run of games in the team, which has led to him cementing his place in the side.

However, having made significant strides since the start of the term, the former Tranmere Rovers trainee is eyeing a prosperous future at Newcastle.

Big future

"I have a big future here," he told the Chronicle.

"You are at your happiest when you are playing and I am no different to any other player. I am enjoying this season as much as any season I have ever played.

"I am playing and enjoying it."

Having found his first-team opportunities somewhat limited through injury and the form of his team-mates during almost three years with the club, playing regularly now is so fulfilling for Taylor.

Unfamiliar

Although left-back may not have been his preferred option into the team, now that he has managed to secure a place in Alan Pardew's line-up, he insists that he will not relinquish it easily.

He added: "I am playing in what was an unfamiliar position to start with. I have become used to that position.

"As each game comes along I am learning more and as the games go along you grow in confidence.

"I am getting there with the whole left-sided part of it. Hopefully, I can keep my form the way it is going, the defence stays tight and I keep playing for a while yet."