Newcastle have confirmed they will not be renewing Steven Taylor’s contract and he will leave St James’ Park this month.
Taylor, 30, has spent 13 seasons on Tyneside and made his 268th and final appearance for Newcastle in their 5-1 win against Tottenham on the last day of the season.
“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,” manager Rafael Benitez told the club’s official website.
Taylor, who progressed through Newcastle’s academy and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of 17 in July 2003, is now looking forward to the next chapter in his career.
“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,” he said.
“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.”