Taylor relishing season start

Magpies midfielder is glad to be back after a lazy summer

Ryan Taylor: The all-action midfielder recently signed a contract extentsion at Newcastle United following an outstanding season

Ryan Taylor reckons the first day back at pre-season training after a summer break is like a fine wine - it gets better with age.

The Newcastle team are due to report back on Thursday to prepare to improve on their magnificent fifth place of last season.

But Taylor admits he missed being put through his paces so much he was one of only a handful who came in two days early to be assessed by the club medical staff.

"Having done so many pre-seasons you just get that bit more excited every year before you come in," the 27-year-old told the club's official website.

"Your career doesn't last that long so you've got to enjoy it while it's here, and if you can't enjoy coming into an environment like this then what job can you enjoy?

"Last night I was getting myself ready, making sure my wash bag was out, my boots, trainers and stuff like that.

"It's a nice feeling knowing you are going back to training. It's nice to have a summer off, but that first day back is also enjoyable as well.

"It was good to see some of the boys and the staff today and it will be nice on Thursday when 95 per cent of the boys are back in.

"There were six or seven of us in today and everyone seems to be back in shape which is good to see.

"These next few days are mainly for the guys behind the scenes to see how everyone's bodies have reacted over the summer and to see what work we need doing, as well as making sure we've looked after ourselves over the summer and are still nice and trim.

"I'm not really one who puts on weight, and if it is then it's only by the odd pound. My body never really changes, but I had a good summer with stag dos, a wedding and a honeymoon. It was a relaxing one and not really crazy - apart from the stag do!"