Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has cut short his stay with Queens Park Rangers. The 25 year old has left Loftus Road by mutual consent, having only featured in four QPR fixtures this season, with only one match since the end of August. The timing of the move would suggest that he already has another club lined up once the January transfer window opens up.
Caulker's time at Loftus Road has highlighted a number of off-the-field issues that he has been dealing with. A series of court appearances for more minor misdemeanours became something more serious when he was fined £12,500 and banned from driving following an incident in March 2017 where he failed to provide a breath test in Windsor. Three months later, he went public over mental health problems, combined with alcohol and gambling addictions.
QPR let him back into the fold for 2017-18 season training, but he's failed to keep a place in the side, meaning that his July 2014 move from Cardiff City cost the West Londoners £8,000,000 yet only gave them 54 appearances and three goals. Loan spells at Southampton and Liverpool were equally fruitless, whilst an attempt to loan him out to Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2017 was aborted at the last minute, with Caulker later suggesting that he was not in the right physical or mental state to move that far from home.
He will be entitled to join a new club from January 1st 2018 on a free transfer. At his age, he's still got the talent to take himself back up to the top flight, but would probably do better to sign for a small Championship club or large League One club to give him that leg up. He could of course drop down to League Two and come back to Somerset, but that may well be wishful thinking!
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