HEARTBROKEN defender Andy Taylor has expressed his “surprise” and “disappointment” at being released by Sheffield United.
The left-back was among 11 players shown the door by manager Danny Wilson yesterday following the Blades failure to gain promotion from League One.
Along with Taylor, James Beattie, Johannes Ertl, Steve Simonsen, Jack Adams, Connor Brown, Seamus Conneely, Corey Gregory, Shane Murray and Marc Warren are all free to find other clubs.
New deals have been offered to midfielders Lee Williamson and Kevin McDonald and striker Chris Porter.
A serious knee injury in the Boxing Day clash with Hull City in 2010 ruled Taylor out of action for 14 months. The Blackburn-born ace returned to first-team duty two months ago, making his comeback in the 3-2 defeat to Oldham Athletic. But, despite being available for selection, Taylor made just three more starts as Wilson preferred Matt Hill at left-back.
Taylor told The Star Wilson informed him of his departure on Tuesday.
“It was a surprise,” said the 26-year-old, who struck the base of the post with United’s fourth spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out at Wembley. “I knew with the fact that we hadn’t gained promotion and with us still being in League One next year that there would be cutbacks on the wage front.
“But, from my point of view, I was hoping to be offered something given I have been out injured for so long.
“I am disappointed and frustrated. I feel like I had horrendous luck throughout my time at United and I have just not been able to show what I can do with a regular run of games in the team.”