Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Welcoming Some Competition; Ryan's Unafraid of New Recruits

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Welcoming Some Competition; Ryan's Unafraid of New Recruits

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

RYAN Taylor walked away from a fairytale derby story claiming that he would "welcome" the new left-back Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is in the market for.

The Magpies have been looking for a specialist since Jos Enrque joined Liverpool days before the start of the Premier League season.

Taylor has filled in for the first two matches and while his grip on a starting place may not be too tight, his place in derby folklore is secure after scoring the only goal of Saturday's win at Sunderland.

The uncertainty over his involvement was just one element which made it a special day for the Merseysider, who turned 27 on Friday.

"It is not nice spending your birthday in a hotel away from the missus (his wife, Kimberley) who is about to drop," he commented. "But what a birthday present!

"I had an afternoon at home on Friday and the missus had the birthday cake ready and the family were there. So that was nice. We had a little house party set up. "That one was for the little bump in the missus' belly. I am going to give the baby that one.

"It is our first one. The baby is due in a week or two maximum."

Taylor earned a reputation as a freekick specialist at Wigan Athletic - then managed by current Sunderland boss Steve Bruce. Four of his five Premier League goals for the Latics came against Newcastle.

"They do not always come off but when they do it is fantastic," said Taylor. "I have scored many goals against Newcastle in the past, one very similar on Boxing Day (2007) but hopefully that will cancel one of them off.

"I am a Newcastle player and I want to play as long as possible here.

"I work on the free-kicks and to have it pay off in a big game is fantastic. When they do they are special moments and I don't think you can score a better one away to your biggest rivals in front of the away fans. "I saw Steven Taylor trying to claim it and before I could react there were seven bodies on me. …

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