Steven Taylor comments on getting back into Newcastle side

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The Newcastle centre-back has featured heavily in pre-season this summer.

Taylor has moved ahead of Fabricio Coloccini in Steve McClaren’s plans for the Magpies, and he has spoken to the Chronicle about fighting his way back into the first-team after being written off a number of times.

When asked whether he has been written off before, Taylor replied: “All the time. When I was 18 I had a dislocated shoulder, people wrote me off – no problem at all. The left Achllies then went but I got back up – no problem.

“I might be going grey but I’m still here. It’s been a long, long six months and it’s nice that it has paid off. It is just getting back into match mode again and getting that excitement beforehand.”

Taylor, 29, has spent his entire career at Newcastle, but has not enjoyed great luck with injuries.

When playing at the best of his abilities, the centre-back is arguably one of the best in the Premier League, and he really should have enjoyed a career which brought senior international recognition with England.

However, he has frequently missed large portions of seasons, such as in 2014/15 - when he made just 12 appearances.

Due to his issues, it would not have been a surprise to see Taylor start this coming season on the outside of the first-team squad, as head coach Steve McClaren looks to build a consistently strong defence.

It would seem unwise to build a starting XI with a centre-back included who could quite easily miss upwards of half the season, but McClaren looks to have put faith in Taylor.

At the age of 29, it is likely that the centre-back should now be reaching the peak talents of his career, and if he can avoid his injury issues for the whole season, Newcastle have a truly top class defender on their hands.

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