Newcastle United's veteran defender Steven Taylor has decided to leave the club. The veteran defender was the part of the club’s last match of the 2015/16 season, where the Rafael Benitez’s men defeated Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 on the last day of the league matches but wants a fresh challenge away from St James' Park.
The Toon Army were hoping that Taylor, who has spent 21 years at the club would stay and help the side earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt despite a disappointing recent campaign.
However, it was announced on the club's website that the 30-year-old, who has represented the Magpies in more than 250 games, will leave the club at the end of next month when his contract expires.
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"It will 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.”
The Greenwich-born defender initially joined Geordies at the age of nine in 1995 from Wallsend Boys Club, where he was promoted to the first team eight years later in 2003.
The former England U21 international added that his support for the club has not diminished despite the turbulent period his boyhood side are currently experiencing.
"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."
Newcastle's manager Benitez also praised the departing defender for his contribution to the club. "I would like to thank Steven for his service and I wish him well for his future.
"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.”
Attention will turn to who Taylor will link up with next as he attempts to reignite his career after failing to build on the bright potential he initially showed as a youngster.