A new deal for Taylor

Ryan Taylor has signed a two-year contract extension at Newcastle United meaning that he is now contracted to the club until 2015.

The 27-year-old has earned the label of being a utility man after appearing in a number of positions for United this term. So far he’s played at left-back, right-back and right-midfield, and I even vaguely remember him lining up in the middle of the park for us on the odd occasion.

In the main he’s done well and has proved to be an able squad player. In fact when played at left-back we have arguably been more solid as a team. He’s not exactly my favourite player – I think you all know that – but I’ll hold my hands up and say that he’s proving me wrong with his performances and the fact that he gives no less than 100% which is all I ever ask for.

I’m still waiting to see evidence of him being a set-piece specialist however…

Anyway, Ryan has been talking to the official club website and had this to say about his new deal:

“I’m over the moon. It’s been a quiet one to get done and didn’t take long,” said Taylor.

He continued: “I stated not so long ago that I would love to stay here, and that has always been the case. Playing every week helps, and having a good manager has been a massive plus for me as well.”

“When the gaffer came in first of all I was injured, so I’ve had to prove myself to him. But this season has been great for me on a personal note, and to have played every Premier League game bar two or three then it’s been a great season.”

I can’t knock his enthusiasm for the club and he clearly enjoys being here. More importantly he hates Mackems which is fairly evident if you red his Twitter feed and some of the verbal jousting that has gone in the build up to the derby.

Alan Pardew seems to rate him highly though, even if I don’t, and he seems happy enough with being able to tie Taylor down to a new deal.

“I am delighted to secure a contract extension for Ryan. He has been outstanding for me this season wherever I have asked him to play,”
said Pardew.

“Ryan is a fantastic player who is firmly in the hearts of our fans, not only for his derby winner against Sunderland but also because of some excellent performances in the Newcastle shirt.”

“On the back of agreeing new deals last week with Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini, this gives us a huge boost going into the final 11 games, and hopefully Ryan can help us make this a truly memorable season.”

Ryan, or Raylor as he has become known, has played in all but two of our Premier League games this season. Fair play on him for signing a new deal, and for not hanging about in signing it. It’s out of the blue this one.

Maybe NUFC are getting the hang of this contract malarkey after all?

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22 Comments

  1. 1
    Liam Southern Toon says:

    Good news now lets get guthrie tied up and as ice said on other thread tie down BA who is as vital as new signings in the summer ;-)

  2. 2
    Groucho says:

    A trier but not, to quote Pardew a fantastic player. No pace and I fear may stop the progression of youth we have been recently talking about. Definitely not a right winger. In fact I wouldn’t play him at all unless we were desperate.

  3. 3
    Sharpy17 says:

    I’m happy with this signing like. With respect to Raylor, I hope he is not in our strongest starting 11 next season but he certainly can still provide good cover and back-up for a number of positions.

    Guthrie next please… and what about Simpson?

  4. 4
    CC says:

    Cant argue with what pardew said hes done pretty well wherever hes been asked to play, Wouldnt be a starter for me if everyones fit nor would he have been a priority at the moment with Ba, Simpson and Guthrie more immidiate concerns but fair play to the lad hes earnt it with his performances and hes more than useful to have around the place…

  5. 5
    TonyGreenSupreme says:

    SHARPY17,
    Sell Simmo, he is not good enough.
    Put Santon at RB and Raylor or Fergie on the left ;-)

  6. 6
    stevep says:

    Good squad player who can cover a number of positions, expect we’ll strengthen again in the summer and he’ll be on the bench a lot

  7. 7
    toonsy says:

    Toon to announce finances at 2:30. Will I have enough time to cover it before work? :???:

    Groucho – Just platitudes mate. Thats all it is. Pardew is hardly going to say “well we got him signed up because it was easy and he’s crap” was he now? :lol:

    I think Raylor knows he is backup and is happy with that where someone like Guthrie probably won’t be.

  8. 8
    Whumpie says:

    Great news as far as I’m concerned. Raylor gets unfair stick (see above) because he’s not quick and spectacular – but he’s been so important to us and we tend to win when he plays. Contrast that with Santon, who has the luxury of people ignoring his many faults because he was well-hyped, has a more interesting name and cost more. :roll:

    Not that Santon’s anything but a good signing; just that he is very young and makes a lot of mistakes. He wasn’t subbed on Sunday for nowt.

    Like others (including Pards) I don’t think Raylor is one to hold down a specific place every week; he’s much better than that – someone to have as a tactical option in three or four positions. That makes him a better player in my opinion. Not particularly exciting, but better for the team.

  9. 9
    Sharpy17 says:

    TonyGreenSupreme – again, wouldnt be in my strongest 11 (hopefully we will sign a stronger one in the summer) but he’d be good cover … but then I suppose Raylor and Tav would provide that cover, so aye, get rid.

    Icedog made a good point in the earlier article. We could do with improving Ba contract aswell to keep the wolves away

  10. 10
    Whumpie says:

    Likewise with Simmo: was far better than Santon on Sunday, but just gets daft posts like those above no matter how well and reliably he plays. I wonder if the club claimed his name was Daniello Simmoni and that he cost £8m he’d get the slack afforded to Santon. :roll:

    (Although his over-reaction did lead to the fight and the FA charge, so… :sad: )

  11. 11
    Whumpie says:

    While I’m being a shite-stirring git, here’s another theory: “Maybe NUFC are getting the hang of this contract malarkey after all?”

    …or maybe Raylor isn’t a greedy git and accepted reasonable terms?

    My one big argument against Simpson is really just a suspicion/theory: that he rates himself higher than the club do and may be a bit too focused on the dosh. Why else would he not have re-signed for a club that plays him every week?

  12. 12
    toonarmy87 says:

    a classic case of…you can please most the people, most of the time. You can’t please all the people all the time!

    Links up well with people can take a freekick, and is passionate about NUFC. One of the more technical gifted players we have, I mean who is going to take set pieces without Cabaye?

    He has been one of our most consistent performers this season and scored against them mackems and abused them on Twitter!

    I think he’s class.

  13. 13
    toonarmy87 says:

    I would get rid of Williamson before Simpson

  14. 14
    Whumpie says:

    Also, not so sure Guthrie will want out. I wonder if he’s waiting to see if we get into Europe? Hopefully he realises that he’s not all that far off Cabaye’s level, and if he keeps improving, could be competing for that AM spot on an equal basis. I’d certainly be happy to see him sign.

  15. 15
    Rorycn says:

    Good news, i’ve never fancied him but he’s been one of our players of the season. Contract takes him up to 30, another one to break the mythical 26/7 barrier. Important to get players like raylor signed up as keeps continuity and he can do a job pretty much anywhere to one degree or another. How manys that signed new deals now, Raylor,shola,sammy,krul,jpnas and colo this year,cabaye,santon,ba,obertan,abeid, and cisse on long term deals as they have just signed and saylor,tiote,vuckic signed long ones last year? Is that them all? Thats our whole squad more or less on long term deals bar guthrie and simpson. not counting loverman as hes away in the summer.

  16. 16
    Pardiola says:

    The accounts have been released

  17. 17
    Toon Chicken says:

    I was just gonna say that Pards.

    Article on Chron website for now > http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/03/08/newcastle-united-reveal-annual-accounts-for-2010-11-72703-30490016/

    Sure Toonsy will be writing an article as we speak ;)

  18. 18
    toonarmy87 says:

    Has Shola just recently signed a new contract aswell?? :smile:

  19. 19
    3hourswasted says:

    So Ashley hasn’t taken any of his interest free loan back and is still owed £140 million. Looks like a further £25 million has been spent on transfers and wages after these accounts :shock:

  20. 20
    toonsy says:

    New article up :)

  21. 21
    3hourswasted says:

    The club sold players worth £36.7m – which included the £35m transfer of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January 2011 – but spent more than £25m on bringing talent to Tyneside.

    Since the end of the financial year the club has spent a further £25m in cash on players and wages, although this does not yet appear on the club accounts.

    Read More http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/03/08/newcastle-united-reveal-annual-accounts-for-2010-11-72703-30490016/#ixzz1oXRsxREF

  22. 22
    Sharpy17 says:

    I dont know where I got this from but my understanding with Simpson was that the salary has been agreed and the stumbling block was how it was actually paid to him.
    I expected his contract to have been ironed out by now as it didn’t see like such a big issue but maybe after Pardews comments Simmo doesn’t feel wanted?! :cry:

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