RYAN Taylor is looking to earn himself a new deal at Newcastle United.
Taylor hopes to make his comeback against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this evening.
The utility player – who missed two years of football after twice rupturing his cruciate ligament – suffered a setback against Queens Park Rangers in November.
But Taylor, out of contract in the summer, is ready to return.
“It’s just a case of getting into the first team now,” Taylor told BBC Radio Newcastle. “I was on the bench against Palace, which was a nice little lift for myself.
“I’ve got to try and earn a new contract as well, which is always in the back of my mind.
“I’m 30 years old now, and I just want to enjoy my football again.”
United head coach John Carver said: “He has got a huge part to play because I can use him in a number of different positions.”
Taylor – who played in Newcastle’s Capital One Cup win over City in October – left the field in tears against QPR.
“I remember getting a little niggle on about 20 minutes,” said Taylor. “I tried to run it off, then I thought ‘I can’t carry on here’. That walk off was emotional. I was really upset.”