Newcastle star wants to commit future to the club; needs to earn contract

Newcastle United's Ryan Taylor says he wants to sign a new deal at the club.

Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor has told BBC Sport that he is hoping to earn a new contract at the club.

The Magpies utility man is facing an uncertain future - with his current deal expiring in the summer - but he has no doubt over where he wants to spend it.

Taylor has struggled to stay off the treatment table over recent seasons, but he feels he still has something to offer Newcastle and wants to prove that in his performances until the end of the campaign

"I've got to try to earn a new contract which is always in the back of my mind," he said. "I'm 30 years old now and I just want to enjoy my football again."

Taylor should have a good chance to impress in the coming weeks, with the Northern Echo suggesting that he will be John Carver's choice to fill the right-back slot with Daryl Janmaat injured.

Janmaat limped off against Manchester City, casting doubts over the Dutchman's fitness, and Newcastle's lack of cover is likely to make room for Taylor in the starting line-up.

The Tyneside outfit have just four fit recognised defenders in their entire squad and it means that Taylor's versatility is likely to be key until the end of the season.

The Magpies are not totally out of trouble yet and if Taylor can play a part in securing their safety then a new contract could well be handed his way as a reward.

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