Steve Harper now has over 100 first team appearances for Newcastle in his 15 years at the club.
Steve Harper – over 100 appearances now for Newcastle
Steve Harper told the Chronicle:
â€œThis is the reason why I stayed.â€ â€œA lot of people ask me why I didnâ€™t do this or that. But the reason why is for times like now.â€
â€œIâ€™ve now surpassed 100 games, and a few years ago that seemed a long way off. I would like to think patience can be rewarded.â€
â€œI had been out in the cold a lot before last season, but last year I played 25 games.â€ â€œAfter the first couple of weeks of this season I felt up to speed.â€
â€œI really enjoyed things, and to start the season was great, but obviously I came out of the side again.â€ â€œIâ€™m back in now and it looks like I might be in until the end of the season.â€
â€œIt is much better than sitting on my backside, believe me.â€
Harper made his 100th appearance for Newcastle against Manchester United earlier this year, and he said that particular honor gave him fresh hope to look forward to other targets.
“If I had known in July 1993 it would have taken 15 years, I might have done it differently.â€ â€œIâ€™m well over 100 appearances now and Iâ€™m looking towards 200.â€
â€œAt 33, I have a year left on my contract, but weâ€™ll get this season out of the way and see what happens with the club from there.â€
It will be interesting to see what happebns when Steve’s contract runs out in the summer of next year. He’ll be 34 years-old then and young Fraser Forsetr and Tim Krul will be chomping at the bit for a first team place.
Steve has been a great servant to the club, and we think he’s now getting his due rewards for the patience he has shown, and playing extremely well for Newcastle right now. He actually seems to be getting better all the time.
For the record, Steve now has 106 appearances for the Magpies after the game against Reading last Saturday.