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.â€
“He has done really well over the past couple of years and he has listened and worked hard.â€ “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.