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Newcastle signs Taylor to extension

Newcastle signed defender Ryan Taylor to year contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the Premiership 15 season.

The 27-year-old Taylor joined Newcastle from Wigan in 2009 and has appeared in 27 matches this season for the Magpies, who are sixth in the standings.

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

Taylor started the season on the left side of defense, but has played on the right side of midfield recently. Taylor has contributed two goals this season, scoring game-winners against Everton again Sunderland.

"He has been outstanding for me this season wherever I have asked him to play. Ryan is a fantastic player who is firmly in the hearts of our fans," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said.

Newcastle visits fourth-place Arsenal on Monday.