The future of Steven Taylor has been confirmed.
In an official statement, Newcastle United have confirmed that the 30 year old centre-back will leave at the end of this month.
Fabricio Coloccini stated in an interview yesterday that Rafa Benitez intends to build his defence around players under the age of 25, suggesting that the likes of Taylor, Coloccini and almost certainly Daryl Janmaat, were all set to leave the club.
Coloccini is trying to get a move to San Lorenzo in his native Argentina, where Steven Taylor ends up will be an interesting one.
Newcastle United Official Statement
STEVEN TAYLOR LEAVES UNITED
Following discussions between Newcastle United and Steven Taylor it has been agreed that Steven will leave the Club upon the expiry of his existing contract.
The 30-year-old defender, who made his 268th and final appearance for the Magpies in the 5-1 win over Tottenham on the final day of the season, leaves St. James’ Park after 13 seasons on Tyneside.
Rafa Benitez said: “Steven has been a very good player for this club for a long time and his character and personality has always been very positive, including during difficult times. I would like to thank Steven for his service and I wish him well for his future.”
Managing Director Lee Charnley said:
“I have known Steven since he first joined the club as a teenager and during that time his enthusiasm and love for the club has never wavered.
“He has always shown great commitment over the years. He has also been a superb ambassador for the club, representing Newcastle United at countless community and charitable events across the region during his time with us. I wish him all the very best for the future.”
Steven said: “It’ll be a huge wrench to leave Newcastle but I’ve been offered exciting opportunities both in the UK and abroad and I’m really looking forward to my next challenge. I’ve loved my time at Newcastle. I’ll always be a huge fan of the Club and I’ll be returning to St James’ Park as a supporter whenever I can.”
Steven earned a scholarship with the United Academy in July 2002 and signed his first professional contract with the club, aged 17, in July 2003.
Steven made his United first team debut on 25 March 2004 against Real Mallorca in the UEFA Cup and followed that up by making his first appearance in the Premiership three days later at Bolton Wanderers.
Steven won England caps from Under 16 level right through to England ‘B’ level, representing his country on no less than 58 occasions, many as captain, and scoring seven goals. He was called up to the full England squad for the first time for the friendly against Germany on 22 August 2007.