Steven Taylor embraces new era at Newcastle

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The long-serving defender has been impressed with the changes made this summer and feels the club is moving in the right direction.

Steve McClaren’s appointment as Newcastle United manager was met with a mixed reaction, to say the least, but things have slowly started to happen on Tyneside and it appears the squad is now fully on board - if Steven Taylor's comments to Chronicle Live are anything to go by.

The signing of Georginio Wijnaldum last week, announced on the club's official website, was a real statement of intent and there is the expectation that more arrivals are soon to follow.

Taylor had a campaign to forget last season, much like the majority of the squad, but he is viewing this summer as the chance for a fresh start.

“I think this is the start of a new era. It’s a new style and everything we have done in the past will change,” said Taylor, in an interview with the Chronicle Live.

The 28-year old revealed that aside from personnel changes, training methods have been altered and everyone has embraced the manager’s ideas.

He added: “The gaffer started doing that in the first week. It’s been tough and a lot different to what we are used to.

“It used to be old school like ‘run, run, run’ – but now it has been different and all of the lads have bought into it.”

Taylor only appeared 12 times last season after missing the second half of the campaign with an Achilles injury, but surgery was successful and he is now back fighting fit.

He will be confident of securing a place in the heart of Newcastle’s shaky back-line in 2015/16,  with Mike Williamson failing to convince alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Reinforcements could be drafted in at the back, however - with Joel Veltman, according to the Chronicle, one such reported target - but the local lad is seemingly thriving under the changes at St James' Park and should be prominent in McClaren's thoughts come August 9th.

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