By Tom Blackburn

Stan Collymore will leave talkSPORT after eight years with the radio broadcaster, he announced on Tuesday.

The former Aston Villa striker worked as a pundit for the sports station and even had his own phone-in show entitled ‘Call Collymore’ in which he engaged widely with football fans.

Collymore announced via his personal Twitter account that the broadcaster had withdrawn a contract they had initially offered him in May.

The 45-year-old from the Midlands admitted he’ll be looking for other opportunities within the media.

“After 8 extremely successful years at talkSPORT, the station has decided to withdraw its contract offer from May this year.

“If anyone wants a highly motivated, audience growing, award winning and passionate broadcaster dedicated to engaging with football fans around the country, give me a call!

“Will comment further when appropriate!”

Collymore played for a number of clubs in England and abroad, as well as winning three caps for the England national team.

He joined Liverpool in 1995 for £8million and played 65 Premier League games for the club, scoring 26 goals in that period.

During two separate spells with Aston Villa he played 45 times, only managing to find the net seven times.

Collymore has an impressive CV in the media industry, having hosted the weekly football magazine show, Central Soccer Night on ITV Central, commentated on the Africa Cup of Nations for British Eurosport.

Prior to working for talkSPORT he worked for Radio Five Live and was part of the commentary team for the 2007-08 Champions League Final between Man United and Chelsea before joining the talkSPORT team.

In other Aston Villa news, chairman Tony Xia says the club have won back their fans and have the numbers to prove it.