RYAN Taylor has declared himself fit and available for selection – after making a goalscoring comeback for Newcastle United.
Taylor converted a penalty in yesterday’s 3-1 Under-21 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
It was the 30-year-old’s first competitive outing since August 2012.
Luckless Taylor – who twice ruptured his cruciate ligament – is now hoping to be involved in Sunday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane after coming through a 90-minute run-out.
Taylor has spoken to manager Alan Pardew, who could now include him in his squad.
“I’ve had a chat with the manager,” said Taylor. “I’d love to go to Tottenham.
“I’d love to get involved, even if it does mean I have to pay a couple more (reserve) games.
“It would just be nice to get back involved.”
Taylor had played in two friendlies in the build-up to the Brighton game, and he feels he is now ready for an involvement with the first team.
“It’s something I’ve needed – it’s a long time since I’ve played 90 minutes,” said Taylor.
“We built up to it well. We just had to get through 90.
“Now I can at least declare myself available and look to push on.”
With United trailing Brighton 1-0, Taylor – whose last goal had come in a Europa League qualifier against Atromitos – took the ball after Glen Rea handled the ball on the line.
“I like to take pens – I was always going to take it,” said Taylor.
“That feeling of putting the ball in the net is like no other. It’s a moment of joy. It was nice to do it again.
“But it wasn’t about the goal – it’s about helping the young lads and getting through the 90 minutes. To get the goal was a nice touch.”
Haris Vuckic and Dan Barlaser scored in the second half to give Newcastle a comfortable win over nine-man Brighton, who had Rea and Danny Pappoe sent off.