Steve Harper Sees James As Role Model

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has been singing the praises of Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, who was probably most responsible on Saturday for stopping Newcastle registering their fourth win in a row.


David James – some good saves on Saturday

Steve Harper believes the Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, who turns 38 on August 1st, can be a good role model for him.

Harper said:

“Paul (Barron) talks about how thorough he is and the application and thoroughness of his training. He is 37 but looking at him, he is now reaping the rewards of all that hard work in training.”“For last few seasons, he has rightfully deserved to be back as England’s No.1. He has been outstanding.”

“You see plenty of people who have the ability but do not put the work in and they fall by the wayside whereas with the people who may be don’t have so much ability but put the graft in, they get their opportunity.”

“It comes down the player at the end of the day. Paul Barron is a good coach and has worked with some very good goalkeepers.” “David James is a role model, playing for England at 37 and playing in the Premier League for 16 years.” “I will guarantee he will be in the PFA team of the year and rightfully so.”

There’s no doubt David James is one of the most capable goalkeepers for a long long time. The fact that he keeps making bloopers has probably stopped him from getting all the accolades he deserves, but there’s no doubt he’s an outstanding goalkeeper, and he’s always been an excellent club goalkeeper.

Certainly Steve has taken care of himself so there’s no reason why he cannot keep playing for another 5 years, which is getting more and more common for goalkeepers these days.

What do you think.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • staffsmag

    Apr 16, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Class that Toon King – Howay the lads !!!

  • Toon_Ksk

    Apr 16, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Steve can play for us till 40 years of age.

  • Gallacher the Horse

    Apr 16, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Great set of pictures ToonKing; liked the shot of the ‘collapsed’ Stadium of Shite. And I’m not sure I’d want to pick an argument with Mike A’s mob, although what’s with the colours over normal shirts? Someone needs to tell them.

  • Leo

    Apr 16, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah hope he does play into his 40s, david james thoughfor his age is in amazing shape

  • HeronMag

    Apr 16, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #6

    You’ve got to give it to David James. He has been amazing this season.

    I’ve been one of his biggest critics over the years but he’s proved me wrong this year.

    A top class keeper and obviously a model pro.


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