Ryan Taylor continued his comeback from his two-year absence with a 90 minute workout for Newcastle’s under 21 side, as they beat Brighton 3-1 at Darsley Park.

The versatile former Wigan man was on the score sheet too, as his penalty levelled the game after Haris Vuckic’s shot was blocked by an arm on the line.

Taylor’s return to action has now seen him play 45, 72 and 90 minutes for Newcastle’s reserve and under 21 sides and the 30-year-old is now ready to come back into first-team contention. Taylor hasn’t played since injuring his knee in a Europa League game against Atromitos in 2012.

Further goals from Vuckic and Dan Barlaser wrapped up the win for the under-21’s, who were boosted by the inclusion of Rob Elliot and Gael Bigirimana, as well as Facundo Ferreyra.

The return of Taylor to the first team could give manager Alan Pardew another option at left-back – a position Taylor played regularly when he was last fit. Daryl Janmaat will likely keep his place on the right side of defence but Davide Santon’s injury may provide Taylor with a chance to battle Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett for the left-back slot.