Former Newcastle and Sunderland defender calls it a day at Toronto

Steve Caldwell and Niall Quinn
Steve Caldwell and Niall Quinn

Former Newcastle United and Sunderland defender Steve Caldwell has retired.

The Toronto FC defender has been forced to hang up his boots after several months on the sidelines.

Caldwell started his career at Newcastle before moving to Sunderland.

The 34-year-old went on to play for Burnley, Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City before heading across the Atlantic to join Toronto in Major League Soccer.

Caldwell has been plagued by Achilles and calf problems this season.

And the former Scotland international will now take up the post of director of corporate development with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, TFC’s parent company.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from the game I love,” he said.

“Football has been my life since a very young age, and I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to live out my dreams.

“I would like to thank all my teammates and coaches I’ve learnt from along the way, creating friendships and bonds that will last forever.

“To all the magnificent clubs, it was an honour to represent you both home and away.

“I hope the fans appreciated the pride I felt putting on their jersey.

“Finally to TFC, I appreciate and love this club more than all the others.

“The opportunity to stay here and be a part of the success that will come is a privilege.

“I feel responsible and committed to doing everything I can to help this club prosper and win.”

Sunderland visit BMO Field for a friendly against Toronto on July 22.