Taylor hails Rodgers boost

Defender delighted Swansea manager is staying put

Neil Taylor: Delighted Brendan Rodgers has signed a new deal at Swansea

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Neil Taylor admits the whole Swansea squad are delighted Brendan Rodgers has pledged his long-term future to the club.

Rodgers, who guided Swansea to promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge, has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract to keep him at the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2015.

Highly-rated defender Taylor has flourished under Rodgers' guidance and he is pleased the Northern Irishman has extended his stay in South Wales.

"I am really happy the boss has committed himself to the club as it is really good news for everyone connected with the club," Taylor told Sky Sports.

"I am really happy the boss has committed himself to the club as it is really good news for everyone connected with the club."

Neil Taylor on Brendan Rodgers signing a new deal at Swansea

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"We have made great strides under him and in terms of the players and myself, especially, I am delighted he will be staying at the club for the foreseeable future."

Hunger

Swansea have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season with the side currently sitting in tenth spot, ten points above the drop zone.

The Welsh side have also won many plaudits for their style of play and Taylor believes their hunger for success has been the reason for the easy transition to life in the top flight.

"I think hard work is the reason why we have adapted to life so quickly in the Premier League," added Taylor.

"We have shown that we can play at this level and we have a number of quality players in the side.

"We have a hunger for success and we got the belief early on with a few positive results and we have kicked on from there."

Swansea meet fellow Premier League new boys Norwich this weekend and Taylor believes the winning mentality Paul Lambert's men established in the Championship last season has helped them defy the sceptics that tipped both promoted clubs to struggle in the top flight.

"Norwich, like ourselves, have come up with a winning side and I think that bodes well for coming into the Premier League," continued Taylor.

"They have kept their best players and added quality to their squad and that has obviously helped them to do so well this season.

"It will be a tough game this weekend, but we will be hoping to maintain our good record at home as we have a lot of confidence at home with the backing of our fans."

Interview courtesy of New Era Global Sports