Hartlepool’s former Middlesbrough defender Andrew Taylor leaves Cardiff City for Wigan Athletic

ON THE MOVE:  'Cardiff's Andrew Taylor
ON THE MOVE: 'Cardiff's Andrew Taylor

ANDREW Taylor has ended his three-year stay at Cardiff City by leaving to join Wigan Athletic.

The former Middlesbrough defender had been a mainstay in the Bluebirds side under Malky Mackay who had signed him from Boro in the summer of 2011.

But the controversial departure of Mackay and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resulted in the 27-year-old finding himself frozen out by the Premier League strugglers.

Solskjaer had brought in Fabio from Manchester United and the Hartlepool-born defender’s days looked numbered.

He has now left to join relegated Cardiff’s Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals Wigan, signing a three-year deal at the DW Stadium.

Taylor, who played all the England levels up to and including the Under 21s, was the first choice number three under Mackay.

In his first season, the former Hartlepool Sports Personality of the Year. helped the Bluebirds to the Carling Cup final at Wembley, where they lost on penalties to Liverpool.

Cardiff lost in the play-offs at the end of the season – again on penalties – but they romped to promotion in 2012-13 as the Welsh club reached the Premier League.

He was Mackay’s first-choice left-back in the top flight but the sacking of the Scot – who had been Taylor’s boss during a loan spell at Watford – proved a crucial moment for the gifted left-footer.