Where Next For Troubled Defender Steven Caulker?

On Thursday QPR announced on their official Twitter account that the contract of central defender Steven Caulker had been terminated by mutual consent and the player is now available to sign.

The tweet began a wave of speculation around who his next club may be and who is willing to give him another shot to save his career.

Without doubt Caulker had a very promising future ahead of him a few years ago having featured for the England Under 19 and Under 21 teams before making his full England debut in 2012, which he capped with a goal.

With over 120 Premier League appearances and 241 in total he has clocked up some serious experience and is still only 26 years old.

His off-field problems with addiction have been well documented but at 26 his career is far from over and if a club is willing to put in the hard work to help him overcome his problems off the field they could be left with a very good central defender who is yet to reach his peak.

It seems unlikely that a Premier League team will take the punt but there has been much talk of a move to Scotland where Caulker could re-unite with Brendon Rogers, who it’s believed is willing to help him overcome his demons and unlock his potential.

Other clubs that have been mentioned in speculation are Rangers, whose fans took to Twitter yesterday to urge their club to consider making a move to stop him moving to their local rivals.  Bristol City, Derby County and Ipswich Town have also been mooted as his potential next destination.

It is certainly a story to follow closely and I for one which him the best of luck in his search for a new club and hope he pulls himself back onto his feet and fulfils his potential.

Would you like to see Steven Caulker at your club? Do you think he still has a future in football?

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