Taylor calls on duo to stay

Defender relieved to resolve his future

Taylor: Hoping duo stay put

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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is hoping some of his team-mates will follow his lead and sign new deals at the club.

The Magpies are in talks with Michael Owen and Steve Harper about extending their contracts at St James' Park after sorting out Taylor's future.

Taylor recently signed a new three-year deal at Tyneside and the England Under 21 international admitted he was relieved to put all the speculation about his future behind him.

"There is nothing worse playing last season and the season before worrying about my future and for that to be all over now is great for me," Taylor told Sky Sports News.

"People who know me know I wouldn't leave this club and the best thing that has happened is actually signing.

Contracts

"I know there are a few other players now waiting for their contracts to be sorted and it is important that important players like Michael Owen and Steve Harper get theirs sorted out because we have a small squad.

"Our squad is small, but there is plenty of quality there.

"I would rather have a smaller squad with quality rather than a large squad with not so much quality so at the moment we will take what we have."