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Ipswich show experienced defender the door

Championship side Ipswich Town will not offer centre-back Steven Taylor a contract after he trained with the club in pre-season, as confirmed by the official club website on Monday.

The 31-year-old leaves the Suffolk club after making a handful of appearances in a blue shirt after he signed a short-term deal at the club in January.

His tenure at Portman Road has been largely blighted by injury, with a hamstring problem restricting his opportunities during the second half of last season.

Taylor played in Town’s two pre-season friendlies against Drogheda United and Southend earlier this month, but manager Mick McCarthy is happy with the other defensive options he has at his disposal.

Ipswich have added to their ranks at the back by bringing in Wolves full back Dominic Iorfa on a season-long loan, as well as tying Jordan Spence down to a new contract.

Speaking to the club website, long-term boss McCarthy said: “We have brought in Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa in recent weeks to add to what we already have at the back.

“Both Jordan and Dominic are very versatile players that can cover full-back and centre-back positions and we have good competition for places at the back now so we won’t be doing anything with Tayls.

“He’s a great pro and he will do a good job for someone. We wish him well.”

The experienced defender has spent the majority of his career in England, having spent 13 years with Newcastle United and making well over 200 appearances for the Magpies.

Following his release in 2013, he ventured stateside, joining MLS outfit Portland before returning to English football with Ipswich.

The Suffolk club begin their sixteenth consecutive season in the second tier against Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City at Portman Road.

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