RYAN Taylor dreamt of playing European football as a teenager – but he never thought it would become a reality.
And Taylor can’t wait to live out his dream with Newcastle United.
A two-legged qualifier next month stands between Newcastle and a place in the group stage of the Europa League.
And Liverpudlian Taylor – who started his career at Tranmere Rovers – admits playing on the continent was far from his mind as he tried to find his way in the game a decade ago.
“When I was 17 or 18, to be at a club like Newcastle United going into a season that’s going to bring European football was beyond my wildest dreams.” said Taylor.
“Every kid dreams of that. It’s going to be reality in the next few months if we can get through the qualifying round.
“I’m just looking to have a good pre-season and to stay injury-free. Hopefully, I can kick on.”
European football will take an inevitable toll on Pardew’s squad and Taylor knows every player will have a role to play over the coming months should United reach the group stage.
And he’s determined to be ready to play his part, just as he did last season when he seized his unexpected chance at left-back with both hands in the wake of Jose Enrique’s departure to Liverpool.
“Now that we’ve got European football coming, next season’s going to be massive,” Taylor added.
“Everyone’s going to get used.
“Hopefully, I’ll be a main player when it comes to league and Europe.
“Not every player’s going to play every game.
“When the gaffer gives you the nod, you’ve got to make sure you take your chance.
“There’s a ton of games and I’d like to be part of the majority of them and have a successful campaign.”