STEVEN Taylor’s put uncertainty over the future to one side – to focus on the present at Newcastle United.
The defender has started just eight Premier League games of an injury and suspension-hit campaign at St James’s Park.
And it has been reported that long-serving Taylor – who made his first-team debut for the club just over a decade ago – could be made available for a summer move.
But United manager Alan Pardew has insisted that no such decision has been made.
And the 28-year-old, for his part, isn’t looking beyond the last four games of the season.
Taylor returned to the starting XI against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last weekend, and he’s looking to make up for lost time, having missed so much football over the past few months.
“Nobody knows what will happen with anybody – that’s modern-day football – but I love playing for this club,” Taylor said.
“I’ll continue to enjoy my football. I just want to keep playing.
“I’ve got to thank the fans. They’ve been supportive.
“It’s been frustrating – I’ve been in and out of the team – but I loved getting back out there.
“It was just disappointing that we lost (against Stoke).”
Taylor – who has made 244 career appearances for United – has been a frustrated spectator for much of a once-promising Premier League campaign.
Pardew’s side were in the running for a European place until the January sale of midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain. An injury to leading scorer Loic Remy exposed a lack of depth – and goals – in Pardew’s squad.
However, Remy has recovered from a calf problem, and his expected return against Swansea City this afternoon – and that of fit-again defender Mathieu Debuchy – should embolden Newcastle for the season finale.
With Pardew under intense pressure on Tyneside after a run of four consecutive defeats – and a number of players playing for their futures – there is a lot at stake over the next few weeks.
And Taylor is confident the team can put a difficult few months behind it.
“For us, we’ve just got to stick together and take one game at a time,” said Taylor, who formed part of a three-man defence against Stoke.
“We just want to win as many games as we can.
“We have to go into every game thinking we can win it. We’ve got players coming back from injury and people challenging for places. I’m confident.”
Taylor’s problems this season started when he was sent off in the club’s opening game of the season against Manchester City.
He then suffered a hamstring problem in training, and Mike Williamson – who had started the season out of the side – took advantage to establish himself back in the heart of Pardew’s defence.
Taylor has two years left on his St James’s Park contract.