Newcastle defender Taylor happy to stay a Magpie

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DEFENDER Steven Taylor says he is as committed as ever to Newcastle – a decade after making his first-team debut as a raw teenager.

The centre-back was as frustrated as any in Alan Pardew’s squad at last season’s disappointing campaign, which saw Newcastle struggle near the foot of the Premier League.

While Taylor is desperate to win silverware – and represent England – he feels those aims can be achieved at the club he supported as a boy.

“I’m happy here,” said the former England Under-21 captain. “Playing for Newcastle United’s always been a dream, and still is.

“I was at the School of Excellence from the age of nine – it’s my club.”

One constant throughout Taylor’s first-team career has been criticism aimed at the back four.

And he admits there is intense pressure on the club’s defenders.

“Every season I can remember Newcastle’s defence has been criticised,” said Taylor. “It’s something you have to get used to.”