Harper Backs Forster For Greatness

Steve Harper believes that fellow goalkeeper Fraser Forster could achieve great things at Newcastle, if he continues to develop at the rate he has done over the past couple of seasons.


Fraser Foster – that’s his father, brother and mother behind him
Where’s Dennis Wise’s tie?

The 20-year-old stopper was rewarded for his progress this week with an improved contract to keep him at Newcastle until 2010 and Steve Harper believes, with the right dedication, Forster can go onto become a top keeper at the club.

Steve talked about the young goalkeeper:

“He’s been outstanding this season for the reserves and thoroughly deserves his new deal,” “Young players tend to go on a gentle learning curve but Fraser has reached for the sky.”

“He has done really well over the past couple of years and he has listened and worked hard.” “If he does the same over the next couple of years he could go on to great things.”

Forster will again be among the substitutes at Portsmouth but is yet to make his senior debut, but that could well come before the end of this season, with Shay Given still out injured.

The Hexham born youngster talked to the Official Newcastle web site today:

“A couple of times this season I’ve been on the bench and strikers have been one-on-one with Harps and you do think what if he brings him down?”

“It is a little bit nervy but you have to be ready and that’s why you prepare all week for the game like any other goalkeeper.”

It would be great if Fraser can push for a first team start next season.. We remember well last October when Sam Allardyce startled everybody by stating that Fraser was pushing for a first team position even then. It says much for Steve Harper, as a person, that he seems to be mentoring Fraser along the way.

Down the line maybe we’ll see Fraser between the posts and Steve Harper as the goalkeeper coach at Newcastle – that would be good.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Davies

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice to have a good keeper for the future in place already, but I reckon the real gold dust is with Steve Harper.

    He has been mature and professional throughout his time at Newcastle United. It’s likely that he would have been number one at any number of other clubs, which would almost certainly have put him on any England Manager’s radar, but he has remained loyal.

    When people talk about footballing legends, goalkeepers are almost always over looked, but I think Harper deserves a place in every Newcastle United supporters heart. What a man.

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I just don’t hope Harper bring any one down in the penalty box and get sent off. Happy to see Foster, but surely won’t be happy to see us 1 man down with penalty to defend.

  • Jimmie

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    We have been very lucky to have had Harper as backup all these years and I hope he stays in the organisation in a goalkeeping role for many years when he hangs up his gloves. And it looks like the future is safe between the posts with the young ones like Fraser Forster, Tim Krul and Ola Söderberg.

  • Mr T

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Harps is the epitome of class for me! True pro and and a class keeper to boot!

    Hope his influence rubs off on young Frazer, Krul and Sodeberg to, though naturally I’d rather see Frazer achieve top status, being a local boy and all!

    I think Frazer would do a good job, I’ve seen him save our reserves from some embarrising defeats, biggest one was 2-0 against boro at st james’s…. could of quite easilty been 5 or 6 if it was any other decent keeper, but Forster was immense!

  • Nev

    Apr 11, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #5

    i rekon give him the last game of the season to see how he does … even play him for the last few minutes of a game we comforably winning .. should do him good
    and is there a future for tim krul if fraser doing so well ?

  • rob

    Apr 11, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice talk from harps and good on you foster

  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    its a good situation to be in, forster looks really good so does krul and i hope soderburg will continue that good crop of players

  • ScottyT

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #8

    agree .. harper is a great lad and even though we have given it seems to me to be that harps is kind of a leader of the goalkeeper group.

    wer blessed with goalkeepers atm cos given when fully fit is one of the best in the world, harper is playing brilliantly atm and dusnt deserve to be dropped anytime soon, forster looking great in reserves, krul apparently got some great reviews when playin for falkirk what a prospect, soderborg we dont know yet..

    also dont think there is any need to buy any new keepers anytime soon. for example we were linked with jaaskelainen a lot who ano i would definetly not like to sign. he can be a bit on and off imo.


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