Steven Taylor is looking for a new club after his move to America fell flat after only a few months, Portland Timbers agreeing to cancel his two and a half year contract.

The former Newcastle defender started training on Monday (his 31st birthday) with Ipswich Town and a former teammate of Taylor’s thinks he could be just what Mick McCarthy needs.

Darren Ambrose was bought as a 19 year old by Sir Bobby Robson from Ipswich in 2003, making 37 appearances and scoring five goals, and after playing alongside Steven Taylor has listed the qualities that he can bring to the Championship strugglers.

Former midfielder Ambrose says that Newcastle fans used to love Taylor because he ‘wears his heart on his sleeve, never gives up, never goes hiding and always sticks his chest out in tough times’.

If the centre-back can prove his fitness, Darren Ambrose thinks he can bring leadership to Ipswich Town and be a ‘breath of fresh air’.

Darren Ambrose speaking to the Sudbury Mercury:

“I know he has had a few injuries in recent years and Mick McCarthy will be the judge of whether he’s up to it, but if his fitness is up to scratch then he will be a fantastic signing in my opinion.

“First and foremost, he has got Premier League experience and Premier League quality, but he’s a great character as well.

He wears his heart on his sleeve, he’s a player that never gives up, he never goes hiding and he always sticks his chest out in tough times.

“The fans up there loved him for that and those qualities could be a breath of fresh here.

“It’s a case of the more leaders the better when things aren’t going so well.”