Steven Taylor discusses Newcastle exit, admits he turned down unexciting offer to stay

Newcastle's Steven Taylor

The former Magpies stalwart joined MLS side Portland Timbers at the weekend.

Newcastle's Steven Taylor

Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has revealed to the Telegraph that he turned down an offer of a new contract at St. James' Park because the thought of staying at the club no longer excited him.

Taylor ended a 21-year association with the Magpies to embark upon a new adventure in the USA at the start of August, after seeing his playing time greatly limited over the last few years.

The 30-year-old left Tyneside with 268 senior first-team appearances for his boyhood club to his name, but will now link up with former Premier League defender Liam Ridgewell in Oregon.

Newcastle's Steven Taylor celebrates

Though his departure was not mourned by too many Newcastle fans following the club's relegation, Taylor was undoubtedly a great servant to the club over the last 13 years.

However, he revealed to the Telegraph that he was actually given the chance to further extend his time at St. James' Park, but after only being offered a one-year pay-as-you-play deal he decided it was time to take up a challenge which excited him once again

Taylor explained: "I didn't think [of joining MLS] until Portland got in touch with me about three months ago. I didn't know what the situation would be. A big part for me was seeing Liam Ridgewell out here, a fellow Englishman who I can potentially build a partnership with at the back.

Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini (L) and Steven Taylor

"At the end of the season I spoke to Lee Charnley and they offered me a one-year extension on a pay-as-you-play basis, but that didn't give me a buzz. They couldn't have given me the security I wanted byt the Portland Timbers bent over backwards abd gave me that loving feeling.

"Since I was 18 there were chances to leave throughout my career. I never felt that it was the right time to go. But I awlays felt as if I was in a comfort zone."

It may come as something of a surprise to many Newcastle fans to hear that Taylor was offered a new deal, given that he had only managed 10 league appearances in each of his last three seasons with the club.

He had slipped down the pecking order behind the likes of Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, and Kevin Mbabu, and the free transfer to MLS ultimately looks like the best move for all parties.

Newcastle United's Steven Taylor applauds fans after the game

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