Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor announces end of 17-year playing career

Steven Taylor is set to hang up his boots at the age of 35.

The former Newcastle United defender has been at A-League side Wellington Phoenix, where he had been captain. Taylor made 268 appearances for his hometown club before leaving in 2016 following relegation to the Championship.

Taylor had been offered a new contract at St James’s Park, but opted to move on as he didn’t want to be a “bit-part player”. Speaking to the Gazette in 2018, Taylor said: “I’d lived my dream (at Newcastle) since my debut against Real Mallorca – but it was time to move on. I didn’t want to be a bit-part player.”

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Sir Bobby Robson had handed Taylor his United debut in a UEFA Cup tie against Real Mallorca in 2004. Taylor went onto make 215 league appearances for the club.

The former England Under-21 international also had spells at Portland Timbers, Ipswich Town, Peterborough United and Odisha after leaving Newcastle.

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Steven Taylor playing for Wellington Phoenix.

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