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Fan will love Forrest Gump claims Taylor.

Byline: By LEE RYDER

STEVEN TAYLOR believes that the battling qualities of Argentinian international Jonas Gutierrez will instantly win over the Toon Army.

The Geordie defender is renowned for showing his willingness to sweat blood for the cause in a black-and-white shirt.

And as the Academy product goes into his biggest season yet, he is delighted to be joined by a player who arrives with a reputation as hard-worker.

Gutierrez was loved by Real Mallorca fans at his last club and nicknamed Forrest Gump by fans because the player simply doesn't stop running during games.

And after tussling with Taylor in training, the England Under-21 skipper told the Chronicle: "He puts himself about as well, and one thing Newcastle fans like, is someone that works hard and puts a few tackles in.

"If he can do that, it's great for us." Taylor will again be one of the more senior figures at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday after putting in a full shift against Hartlepool United five days ago.

United are still without defensive options such as Senegal international Abdoulaye Faye, Cameroon ace Geremi, who can also operate at right-back, and Habib Beye who is not 100% fit due to calf problems.

That resulted in Taylor partnering Cacapa at the back at Victoria Park, with youngsters David Edgar, Ben Tozer and Callum Morris all getting a chance against Danny Wilson's side.

At Donny on Saturday, KK is likely to shuffle his pack again at some stage due to the limited numbers of his squad and he has already hinted he won't risk players in friendlies who have the slightest hint of injury.

Taylor though isn't fussy about who he plays alongside.

And he added: "This season is massive for me. I'm going to try my hardest, and give 120%.

That's all I can do."

BRAD FRIEDEL'S lengthy stay at Blackburn appears close to an end after Rovers accepted a bid from an undisclosed Premier League club, believed to be Aston Villa.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2008
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