Steven Taylor believes he’s back to best for NUFC

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STEVEN Taylor’s confident he’s finally back to his best at Newcastle United.

Taylor and defensive partner Fabricio Coloccini have been outstanding in the club’s opening three Premier League games.

Manager Alan Pardew vowed to get the best out of Taylor late last season – and help him back into the England reckoning.

And 26-year-old’s return to form and fitness after an injury-ravaged two seasons is timely.

For his part, the former England Under-21 captain – who was called up into a senior international squad by Steve McClaren – is relishing every minute on the pitch after missing so much football.

Next up for Taylor and his team-mates are Queens Park Rangers – and their former midfielder Joey Barton – at Loftus Road on Monday night. “I’m just happy to be playing – the more games you play, the more confident you get,” Taylor told SportMail.

“Last season was frustrating, but I got a little run at the end of the season.

“Now I’ve had a few games in pre-season, and some great results. We’ve got to build on that now and keep it going.

“It’s down to a lot of hard work. The coaching staff and manager have been absolutely spot on. I’ve been working hard – that’s all I can do. I’ve got to keep going.”

FULL story in Wednesday’s Mail ...