Newcastle's 29-year-old star: I'm honoured to play alongside this teammate

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has praised the attitude of Jonas Guitierrez.

Steven Taylor has told the Chronicle that he feels honoured to be able to play alongside Jonas Gutierrez.

Guiterrez has provided one of the good news stories of recent times, with the Argentine international recovering from testicular cancer to play for Newcastle this season, and Taylor says that he is an inspiration.

The 29-year-old centre-back believes that the South American is a brilliant character to have around and his strength in adversity has been an example for everyone to follow.

"I am honoured to be playing with him,” he said. “As a professional footballer, to see him playing after what he’s been through, it has inspired a lot of the lads. It was a massive boost to have him around the place.

“He is the loudest guy. He has the strangest laugh you will ever hear and he’s a proper character."

Gutierrez made his comeback performance against Manchester United earlier this month and the reception that he got from the Magpies' players and supporters showed just how highly regarded he is.

Newcastle's fans roared him on to the pitch, while he was also handed the captain's armband, and it was a special moment for everyone at the club.

Gutierrez has now gone on to make two further appearances and will be hoping to continue having an impact for the remainder of the campaign.

Newcastle are hoping to climb into the top-half of the Premier League table, with the team currently occupying 12th place.

Newcastle are holding the Spiderman Ball to celebrate Gutierrez's comeback and raise awareness of testicular cancer, with the event taking place at the Newcastle Racecourse Grounds on Tuesday May 5th.

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