Phoenix exercise Taylor option

19 February 2019 02:51:57 EST

Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor will be staying with Wellington Phoenix for at least another season.

The A-League side have exercised their option on his contract, with Taylor having been one of their best players this term.

He has been a prominent figure this year alongside Andrew Durante and I am extremely pleased that he has signed for another year.

Mark Rudan

The 33-year-old has started in all but one of the Phoenix's 19 matches, his only absence coming when he was ruled out by illness for the 3-0 defeat to Perth Glory earlier this month.

Taylor's now hoping coach Mark Rudan will stay in charge beyond the end of this season as he cited Rudan as a major factor in his decision to stay.

Rudan has been heavily linked with a move to Melbourne expansion club Western United for their inaugural season in 2019/20.

Saying he felt at home in Wellington and was happy with his form, Taylor added: "Mark Rudan was a big reason behind my extension and the belief he has shown in me has been fantastic.

"Speaking to him about what his ambitions were when I first signed here was the main reason why I came and obviously now with how well the team is doing and what the plans are for the future for this football club, it's in good hands."

Rudan said of the experienced central defender: "He has been a prominent figure this year alongside Andrew Durante and I am extremely pleased that he has signed for another year.

"It just shows we're not only building towards finals this year but we are building for next year as well."

The Phoenix are 4/1 to win their next game against Sydney FC, who are 8/13, with the draw 10/3.

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