Taylor has revealed he initially thought one of his club-mates was playing a trick on him.
He told the Shields Gazette: "I was lying in bed watching TV and my phone rang. I didn't recognise the number, so I didn't answer.
"I then got a text from [club secretary] Lee Charnley congratulating me - but I didn't know what he was congratulating me for!
"My phone went again and I answered it. I thought it was someone taking the mick - I thought one of the lads had got their missus to ring me."