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Steven Caldwell announces retirement

Toronto's former Newcastle United and Burnley defender Steven Caldwell confirms his retirement from football.

Steven Caldwell has announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect at the age of 34.

The former Newcastle United and Burnley centre-back has most recently been playing in the MLS with Toronto.

"It's with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from the game I love. Football has been my life since a very young age and I appreciate the opportunity I've had to live my dreams," he said in a statement.

"I would like to thank all my teammates and coaches I've learned from along the way. Some friendships and bonds I have made that will last forever.

"Newcastle, Blackpool, Bradford, Leeds, Sunderland, Burnley, Wigan, Birmingham and Toronto. All magnificent clubs. It was an honour to wear your shirt. I hope the fans appreciated the pride I felt pulling on their jersey."

Caldwell also confirmed that he will now take up the role of director of corporate development with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

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