Newcastle United have confirmed that Steven Taylor will leave the club at the end of his current contract next month.

Taylor has been with his hometown club for 13 years, making 268 appearances along the way and representing England at under 16, 17, 20 and 21 levels, and being called up to the senior side numerous times without winning a cap.

Now 30, Taylor is expected to stay in England, although has confirmed he’s had offers from abroad as he seeks a new club for the first time in his career.

Speaking to the club, Taylor said:

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.

In truth, Taylor leaves with a mixed review from fans. Many admire his loyalty and willingness to die for the team, but ultimately it’s a case of unfulfilled potential for a man who represented England nearly 30 times at under-21 level.

Injuries played a huge part in wrecking a once promising career, as Taylor struggled through the latter part of his 20’s with countless ankle problems.

When he finally returned from his layoffs, he looked badly out of touch with the game and took weeks to get back to full speed – in which time Newcastle had shipped plenty of soft goals.

There won’t be many who will pull on the black and white shirt with as much pride as Taylor did, but the rebuilding process the club is currently going through requires a clean out of players who don’t offer enough to warrant a well-paid contract, and Taylor is one of those names.