Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has revealed he hopes he has found the solution to his injury problems, and now wants to concentrate on winning some silverware with Newcastle.
Taylor has been in and out of the injury room for the last two years with a troublesome shoulder, but returned to the team as a substitute at the weekend against Bolton.
Taylor has not adapted the way he trains, and spends less time in the weights room bulking up.
“The gaffer said concentrate on being leaner and more of an athlete and not to be a bodybuilder,” Taylor told the Daily Express.
“I had trained a lot on my shoulder and I put a lot of bulk on. I was trying to get back, but I was overloading my body, doing weights three times a week.
“You can over-train as much as under-train.
“I don’t need to work on weights. I needed to go back to what got me into the first team in the first place.
“I feel better for it and I have gone from extra large shirts to just large.”
Taylor has looked likely to leave his boyhood club in the summer, but the arrival of new boss, Alan Pardew, changed his mind, and Taylor signed a new contract in the winter break.
“Everything changed when the gaffer came in. It was six months of hell for me, but (managing director) Derek Llambias sorted out my new deal and it was the best Christmas present I’ve ever had,” said Taylor
“I was dead and buried before the gaffer came in. I could not see myself signing a new contract but straight away he said ‘I want you to sign’.
“I can now relax and enjoy my football. It is my club, I have been here since I was nine and I want to stay and win things at Newcastle.”
Taylor added: “The boss deserves at least a clean slate, but some people wrote him off from day one.
“We have ground out some great results under the gaffer, without him getting any real credit.”