Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson confident former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor wants to sign

Steven Taylor impressed during the 1-1 draw with Derby County this week
Steven Taylor impressed during the 1-1 draw with Derby County this week

All the signs are positive that centre half Steven Taylor wants to join Doncaster Rovers, according to boss Darren Ferguson.

Taylor joined Rovers on trial on Monday before playing 45 minutes of the friendly with Derby County on Tuesday.

Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson

Ferguson stated after the game he wanted to agree a deal with the former Newcastle United defender.

And he is confident the 31-year-old has the same mindset.

“I had a conversation with him after the game and the bonus is he wants to come here,” Ferguson told the Free Press.

“He likes what he’s seen so far and the way we play.

“That’s one bonus because you’re never too sure.

“We’ll see how talks go and develop but I think he’s got a great attitude and he’s settled in really well with the players.

“Unless something happens, he’ll be training with us for the rest of the week.

“It’s just a case of trying to negotiate something with him.”

After making his name at St James’ Park, Taylor has endured a tumultuous few years.

He left Newcastle last year following relegation to the Championship and moved to the US with Portland Timbers.

His time in Oregon was ill-fated and by January he was back in England, where he signed a short term deal with Ipswich Town.

Injuries blighted Taylor’s time at Portman Road – restricting him to only three appearances – but he was invited back for pre-season training by Mick McCarthy and played in their friendlies with Southend United and Drogheda against earlier this month.

The arrivals of Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa at Ipswich pushed him down the pecking order and last weekend he was informed by McCarthy he would not be offered a new deal.

Ferguson swooped to invite Taylor – who has almost 200 Premier League appearances to his name – into training with a view to agreeing a deal.

While he admits the recent injury record of the London-born defender is a concern, the Rovers boss says it will not be a determining factor in whether a deal will be done.

Ferguson said: “I always try to look at what a player can do rather than what he can’t.

“You have to take the injury situation into consideration but that can’t be the overall deciding thing.

“He’s done everything with Ipswich, he’s played a couple of games with them and done all the pre-season.

“I think he expected to get something there but it’s not happened.

“He’s fit, no doubt about it.

“We’ll have to manage him in a certain way but we’ve done that with lots of players.

“I think 31 for a centre half is a really good age.

“It’d be a good signing for us. Whether we can do anything, we’ll wait and see.”