The League One season kicks off in under four weeks but Steven Taylor is set to miss out on an emotional reunion with the Sunderland fans.

When at Newcastle, the defender was always keen to say plenty in and around derby matches, leading to plenty of abuse from the Mackems.

So it would have been an interesting sideshow with Peterborough due to visit the Stadium of Light in October.

Despite playing 51 times and having a rare injury-free season, Steven Taylor was surprisingly put on the transfer list by Peterborough.

The move revolving around getting rid of one of their biggest earners and now they appear to have succeeded.

Taylor started following Wellington Phoenix on social media which started the rumours and now the press in New Zealand are claiming he will be announced as a new signing as early as tomorrow (Tuesday).

Wellington Phoenix play in the Australian A League and ended last season ninth of ten.

The new (2018/19) season doesn’t kick off until October and if he does sign, then Steve Taylor will be Phoenix’ first signing of the close season.

The club have lost Marco Rossi and Steven Taylor is now expected to come in as his replacement.

The 32 year old former Newcastle defender will be hoping he lasts longer than he did with his ill-fated move to the MLS, Taylor only lasting a matter of month and starting nine league matches, before asking to be allowed to exit his two year contract and return to England.

Only last month Steven Taylor joked that these days he looks for Newcastle’s result first and then Sunderland’s.

Steven Taylor speaking to NUFC TV last month (June 2018):

“Keeping big players happy is a gift.

“Sir Bobby certainly had that and Rafa’s got that too.

“There were a lot of players in the squad when I was coming through who would be very angry after training or games at not playing. They’d be on the phone to their agents.

“Then they’d go into Bobby Robson’s office and when they came out, they’d have their arm around him giving him a cuddle!

“That’s the kind of guy that he was. You can have as many badges as you want but you need that man-management, and the ability to deal with different personalities of the squad.

“I think that’s the biggest thing for managers – dealing with individual players. Everybody’s different, everybody needs a bit of loving, and it’s how you go about doing that.

“We had some special nights under Sir Bobby, and the closest thing to him is Rafa now.

“I think it’s the way he goes about his business, the way he is around the whole area and the feel good factor around the city now.

“Everybody loves Rafa and when you see what he’s done this year, it’s been amazing.

“After every game with Peterborough, I’d put the TV on Sky Sports to see what the results were; the first team I look for is Newcastle, the second one I look for is Sunderland…

“The lads at Peterborough know what I’m all about.

“We often talk about the good times at Newcastle and Europe, and under Sir Bobby – an absolute legend. We always talk about the old-school days, but I kept a close eye on how they did last season.

“The priority was to avoid relegation and they did that – and towards the end of the season, they finished very strongly.”