Two months ago it was confirmed Newcastle United were ditching Steven Taylor and at 30 years old, with a career spent almost exclusively in the Premier League, we awaited to see where he might end up next.
Steven Taylor himself said he had a load of offers to consider both here and overseas, his last match for Newcastle coming in the final day hammering of Tottenham so seemingly injury free and primed to join a new club.
Media reports had him joining Fenerbahce for Champions League football, Celtic or Rangers for some old firm fun, as well as Hull City to remain in the Premier League, or Brighton to go up against Newcastle in the Championship promotion race.
However, since news of his departure from St James Park there has been absolutely nothing reported on Taylor’s future, until now.
It is reported in America that Steven Taylor is going to sign for Portland Timbers, who are currently sixth in the Western Conference.
Steven Taylor was also spotted in the stands on Saturday night as he watched Portland Timbers lose 2-1 at home to third placed LA Galaxy, though the Timbers have refused to confirm if the former Newcastle defender is going to sign.
Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey has recently moved to Norwegian club Rosenborg which has freed up salary cap space, which means Portland would be able to bring in a significant signing. Timbers Head Coach Caleb Porter admitted in recent days that the club were considering signing another player as they now had that free capacity.
Currently only one team in the Western Conference has conceded more goals than Portland Timbers and the current first choice centre-backs are both out of contract at the end of the season in October. Portland could end up with an all former Premier League central defensive pairing as former Villa and Birmingham player Liam Ridgewell is one of that current first choice centre-back duo.
Newcastle United played Portland Timbers and lost 4-3 last summer during the pre-season tour. Ironically the likes of Steven Taylor and other first choice players were left out, the plastic pitch deemed too dangerous to risk certain team members.
This is what Steven Taylor had to say in a final interview with the NUFC official website before he left.
Including – “All I have ever known is that black and white shirt. So it will be different next season wearing a different shirt…’, yes but which one?!!
Steven Taylor 3 June 2016:
“A new challenge for me, it’s a sad day but it was always going to happen. The club and myself have agreed that this is the best time for me to move on.
“At the start of next season it will sink in. I’d rather leave after a win rather than a defeat but sad that the win over Tottenham couldn’t stop us being relegated.
“To be ballboy I thought that was the closest I would get but to live the dream and put the black and white shirt on, nobody can ever take that away from me.
“Time to move on to another chapter in my career and hopefully one day I will return here.
“Sir Bobby Robson put me in the squad with players such as Alan Shearer, Gary Speed and Shay Given – they all took me under their wings. When you are a Newcastle fan you have to turn that into becoming a Newcastle United player, which is what I always wanted to do.”
“The wins against Sunderland are always going to be good but the night we beat Anzhi in the Europa League will be something I never forget.
“Winning the Championship – we had to bounce back and everybody believed we should – redeeming ourselves.”
Low points as well?
“Obviously the two relegations are the lowest points in my career,
“The fact I have had some injuries which have meant I was out for long periods.
“I’m like the bionic man the number of injuries I have had – the good thing is though that Newcastle stood by me.”
What does Newcastle United mean to you?
“It is everything, it is everything I have ever known.
“All I have ever known is that black and white shirt. So it will be different next season wearing a different shirt…but it is time to move on.
“Lee Charnley was great and said ‘you’re welcome back whenever you want’ – I don’t think he has said that to too many people.
“Every day I go into training I get that buzz, it’s exciting, I’m living everybody’s dream.
“I just love playing at St James Park, then at away games you have the travelling Newcastle fans who have always been unbelievable.”
Do you have a message for the fans?
“Stick behind Rafa Benitez, stick behind the boys and let’s get back up first time.”