Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor says the experience of fellow centre-half Fabricio Coloccini continues to aid his development as a player.
The 25-year-old has forged a partnership with the Argentina international, 29, that has conceded just four league goals this season.
"We've got a good understanding," Taylor told BBC Look North.
"It's good to work with him. He's got the experience and hopefully I can learn from him."
Taylor's re-emergence at St James' Park comes after a difficult 2010-11, where a succession of injuries limited him to just 16 appearances.
In contrast this season the former England Under-21 captain has appeared in all seven Premier League games, and was also included in the side for the Carling Cup win at Scunthorpe.
"I had to get a good pre-season under my belt. Last year I wasn't particularly fit," Taylor added.
"I came in the last three games of the season, chipped in with a few goals but I'd get to 70 minutes on the clock and cramp would kick in. I knew I wasn't fully fit but I needed to get through the season.
"For me now I've had a full pre-season under my belt, I've played every game, and I'm delighted with my fitness. I just want to continue it now and play week in, week out."
The former Monkseaton High School pupil joined Newcastle as an academy scholar in July 2002 and has since made 196 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals.