Ryan Taylor keen to secure Newcastle United future

Ryan Taylor is consoled by Richard Dunne and Joey Barton
Ryan Taylor hopes he can overcome knocks such as the one that ended his return against QPR

Versatile defender Ryan Taylor is keen to secure his Newcastle United future and prove his value on his return from a niggling knee injury.

Taylor, 30, came on as a substitute in Saturday's 5-0 defeat by Manchester City, only his fourth outing this term.

Repeat knee injuries, including a setback during rehabilitation, have limited his first-team opportunities.

"I've got to try to earn a new contract which is always in the back of my mind," Taylor told BBC Newcastle.

"I'm 30 years old now and I just want to enjoy my football again."

Ryan Taylor's Newcastle timeline
February 2009Joins the Magpies from Wigan Athletic
May 2010Wins promotion to the Premier League with Newcastle after relegation the previous year.
November 2010Suffers ankle ligament injury in training - out for 10-12 weeks.
August 2011Scores free-kick winner against Sunderland in Tyne-Wear derby win.
May 2012Ends season with 34 appearances, his best top-flight season with Newcastle.
August 2012Season ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury.
April 2013Setback means a further season out of action following repeat problem.
October 2014Returns after a 26-month absence in United's League Cup win against Manchester City.
November 2014Comeback ended after just four matches by a niggle to an unrelated knee area.
February 2015Comes on as a substitute in 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.

Taylor, who has been with the Magpies for five years since his move from Wigan, remains a popular player with supporters - as signified by the chant that celebrates his free-kick winner against Sunderland in August 2011.

His return after 26 months out at the end of October 2014 began with a famous Capital One Cup win at Manchester City, but lasted just four games.

The comeback was brought to a premature end after a challenge in a game against Queens Park Rangers led to the utility player being withdrawn after 30 minutes.

Taylor continued: "With my history it was like 'not again, I've worked too hard for this'.

"We've looked at the incident and the little knock I get off Sandro was enough to put just too much pressure on.

"The physios and the doctors said it could have happened to anyone, but it happened to me.

"It was a niggle, I've had to rest it but I'm keen and feel as good as ever."

Ryan Taylor was speaking to BBC Newcastle's Mick Lowes.

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