Steele leaves New York Red Bulls

Jonny Steele. Photo: Presseye
Jonny Steele. Photo: Presseye

Northern Ireland international Jonny Steele has left New York Red Bulls, it emerged last night.

According to the club’s website, the Larne man requested to leave, and parts by mutual agreement after receiving “an offer from outside of Major League Soccer”. Which club he will join next has yet to be revealed.

The 28-year-old, who has had spells with Real Salt Lake and Ballymena United, made the switch to the Red Bulls in 2013. There he played alongside Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and 2014 World Cup goal of the tournament contender, Tim Cahill.

Steele tweeted: “Time for a change. Decided time for me to move on with my career! Thanks to all involved at #RBNY and especially to the fans! #newchapter.”

The midfielder made 48 appearances for the Red Bulls, scoring six times.

“We appreciate Jonny’s contributions over the past two seasons and wish him the best of luck in the future,” Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said.

Steele has played three times for his country. He made his debut for Michael O’Neill’s men in a friendly against Turkey last November.