Steven Taylor’s happy for people to keep writing him off – as he’ll keep coming back to prove them wrong.
The injury-hit defender has endured a wretched five years at Newcastle United.
It’s been a long, long six months, but the hard work has paid off, and it was nice to get that 45 minutes.Steven Taylor
Taylor made his comeback from his latest injury, a ruptured Achilles tendon, in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sacramento Republic in California.
The 29-year-old played 45 minutes at Bonney Field, where the game was decided by an own goal.
Taylor – who had surgery on his Achilles in January – was just relieved to be back on the field as he attempts to stake his claim under new head coach Steve McClaren, who once called him up for England.
“It’s been a long, long six months, but the hard work has paid off, and it was nice to get that 45 minutes,” said Taylor.
“For me, on a personal note, I was absolutely delighted.
“I felt good thanks to the medical team and fitness guys.
“The first four months was the hardest. For the last few months, I was able to kick on and get amongst it on the first day back.
“You can do as much running and gym work as you want, but until you get on the that pitch, you can’t get match fit.
“Everything geared up to being fit for selection for the Southampton game. I can’t wait for it now. You miss it so much.
“When the new manager came in, it was a whole new philosophy. It’s exciting at the moment.”
Taylor’s career has been punctuated by a series of serious injuries, but he has come back from every one of them and is now the club’s longest-serving player.
“Even at 18 when I had a dislocated shoulder, people were writing me off,” he said. “No problem at all, (they can) keep talking.
“The left one (shoulder) goes, I get back up. I’m still here!”