Newcastle United’s longest-serving player and home town lad Steven Taylor was today released from the club, when his contract, which runs out at the end of the month, will not be renewed.
In all truth it wasn’t expected that Rafa would give Steven Taylor a new contract and after his woeful performance at Southampton and his long injury record over the last six years, that didn’t auger well for a new deal.
Steven played 264 times with 15 goals for Newcastle and first played for the first team in early 2004 under Sir Bobby Robson.
Steven Taylor – Newcastle career is at an end
Here’s what Rafa Benitez has said about Steven:
“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.”
Here’s what 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.”
This will be a big disappointment for the 30 year-old and the former England U21 captain had this to say on the news:
“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.”
“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 has been a great servant of Newcastle United and you can never accuse the player of not giving his all for the club which he loves and supports.
We wish Steven success in the remainder of his football career – wherever that lies.