Fabricio Coloccini is heading back to his native Argentina.
The former Magpies skipper spent eight years at St. James’ Park, striking up a sound relationship with the club’s supporters as he remained loyal to the club through some tricky spells.
Coloccini became captain during the 2011/12 campaign, and he led by example as he played a key role in establishing the side in the Premier League following their previous shock relegation to the Championship.
However, after suffering another relegation to the second tier last term, the 34-year-old has opted to return to his native Argentina with San Lorenzo and as such has issued an emotional farewell letter.
“You have adopted me here and made me feel welcome and so happy. You also opened the door to your house and your hearts when my loved ones were far away,” he wrote, quoted by the Daily Mail.
“In reality, I always felt adopted by this club and by this beautiful city. But I would like to mention, in particular, the staff I have been honoured to work with over all of these years;”
Coloccini, a rugged centre-back who liked to mix it with the toughest of opponents, joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 and went on to make 236 league appearances for the club.
He guided the Magpies to a whopping 102-points haul during their promotion from the Championship in the 2009/10 season, and over the years he has managed to net six league goals in Newcastle colours.
The defender will be fondly remembered by the club’s supporters, but his exit now opens the door for the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba to become long-term servants for the club.