Taylor pens Swansea contract extension
Swansea City defender Neil Taylor has signed a contract which will see him remain with the Premier League outfit until June 2016.
The 23-year-old is sidelined with a broken ankle suffered in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland in September, which has ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
However, the Welshman started 35 of the club's league games last season under Brendan Rodgers and new manager Michael Laudrup has shown his own faith in the player by rewarding him with a three-and-a-half year extension on his deal.
"I'm delighted," Taylor told the club's official website.
"We spoke about a new contract before I broke my ankle, but when something like that happens you do wonder what will be. But in fairness to the chairman (Huw Jenkins) he text me the day after the injury and told me not to worry about the contract.
"I see my long-term future here; everything is right for me. I love the style of football, the area and the fans, who have been great to me. And, more importantly, my family is happy here."
The defender, who represented Team GB at the Olympics, was pleased to commit his future to the club, and insisted Swansea will still be in the top flight next season.
He continued: "The club is still on the rise. To reach the dizzy heights of seventh or eighth in the Premier League is amazing, especially when you consider where the club was just seven years ago.
"And our position in the table is no fluke, because it's December, not August. The fans can see all this for themselves because they've been here a lot longer than me.
"I'm convinced we'll still be in the Premier League next season. For a club like ours to have three consecutive campaigns at this level will be an unbelievable achievement."
The full-back has suffered a slight setback on his road to recovery, with a broken screw in his ankle needing replacing in a minor operation. However, Taylor is confident that he is still progressing well, albeit cautious of setting a return date.
"It's a setback, but nothing serious," he added. "It's been giving me a bit of pain, but I'm sure I will be back on track soon.
"I'd like to think I'm still ahead of schedule and I would still like to join in training with the lads before the end of the season. But if I have to do an extra two or three weeks of rehab to get it right, that's what I will do.
"At the start I was setting myself this target and that target. Now I've learnt not to look any further than one week of rehab at a time.
"It's hard sometimes just watching the boys walk out to training, even in the freezing cold and rain, but it's something I've got used to and this new contract will certainly give me a boost with my rehabilitation."