Steve Harper To Get New Contract at Newcastle?

Steve Harper has talked to Newcastle World TV on the final game of the season at Everton on Sunday, and we know that Kevin wants the goalkeeper on a new contract at Newcastle before next season starts.


Steve Harper – in terrific form for Newcastle since Keegan arrived

Harper talked to Newcastle World TV today:

“It’s a big game for Everton because they only need a point for UEFA Cup football,”

“We’re going there knowing that we are safe but also knowing that it would be fantastic to finish with a win going into the summer.”

“There’ll be thousands of Geordies there and we’ll be giving it our all so that hopefully we can send them home happy ahead of next season.”

“We showed against Chelsea how much improvement there has been under Kevin, and if we can find a performance like the first-half in that game then we’ll have a good chance of getting a result.”

Steve has been one of the many successes under Kevin Keegan and his contract runs out next summer.

Kevin has already identified Steve, Michael Owen and Steven Taylor as the three players he wants the club to offer new contacts to quickly.

Harper has been phenomenal in goal for Newcastle this year, and it will no longer be an automatic choice for Shay Given in goal at Newcastle from now on.

Steve has shown what he can do with an extended run in the side, and we think Shay will have to be at the very top of his form to win his place back next season.

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    May 9, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1

    If any Newcastle player deserves a new contract it’s this lad.

    Most other players would have moved on but Harper has stuck with us, despite never getting the chance he’s earned.

    Some may call it a lack of ambition. I call it loyalty. Not something we see too much of these days.


    May 9, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Absolutely yes and he deserves a new contract becouse steve done a good job also in behind the scences! quiet, loyal, passionate! But there’s absolutely no way to replace GIVEN!

  • Paul R

    May 9, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    THERE IS ONLY ONE SHAY GIVEN !! But Steve Harper is the best back up keeper there is !! He deserves a new improved deal !!

  • Slam Dunc

    May 9, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Has Shay Given ever recovered from that Marlon Harewood challenge.
    Harper should never have been dropped earlier in the season.
    It’s the end of the line for Shay as first choice, will be interesting to see if he’s happy sitting on the bench


    May 9, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #5

    no way, as soon as SHAYs fit he will be back in our goal!

  • Eric

    May 9, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Give Steve a new deal now. Great backup, great loyalty. The man is a real diamond.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Better than Given.
    But Krul should be no. 1 next season.

  • oggy14

    May 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    if newcastle have one fewer yellow card than manchester city tommorow then we are in europe next season.

  • Leo

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #9

    steven harper is a model professional and probably as good as given, lets not start this arguement though, they are both great


    May 9, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I love the way everyone says about Harper being loyal to Newcastle and not moaning about being on the bench

    He has handed in two transfer requests one to Sir Bobby and one to Glenn Roeder and the reason he hasnt jumped ship is because the only clubs who have wanted to sign him on a permanent transfer have been Huddersfield and Southampton a few years ago.

    While he has been on the bench he gets paid a special ammount of money to compensate for this, He also used to spout off a fair bit about not playing (Read Bobbys Autobiography)

    He is the second best goalkeeper at newcastle and has been since he signed, Pavel was better, Shaka was better still and Shay is a world away and when he is back to his awesome best again after his injury next season we will once again be saying “Steve who?”

    As much as i like and rate Harper and I do, It is a myth about his loyalty as he would have jumped ship years back if anyone decent had wanted him.

  • beattie

    May 9, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11

    given shouldnt be allowed to walk back into the team ahead of harper with out proving that he’s still worthy of the no.1

  • The real big AL

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    This is one part of the team that will hopefully not need to be looked at for a number of years Harper, Given, Forster, Krul and Soderberg. 2 fantastic experienced keepers and 3 excellent young propsects Lets hope we can keep them all happy 😉


    May 9, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Tom_Toon on what basis should Krul be no1 next season 1 match against Palermo and a few in the pathetic SPL


    May 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Given is top class and harper better commanding keeper glad to have both of them.Im headin ova to newcastle tonight for the weeknd,hopefully get to watch match 2moro if live in shearer’s bar but cant wait to go there and be around toon fans cuz we a dying breed here in ireland.Love the place,toon army!

  • Davies

    May 9, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Tom Toon. Isn’t Krul still badly injured?

    He’s just a nipper too. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  • Petworth Mag

    May 9, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Isn’t Krul still injured and quite a ways from playing?

  • Nev

    May 9, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #17

    steve should be no.1 at the begining of next season , no doubt about it
    hes been great this season and it should be shay who has to sit on the bench , shay cant automaticaly be no.1 from his form 2 seasons ago


    May 9, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Harper deserves to keep his place but you cant write of given.Arsenal and man utd would snap off our hands if he went up for sale.If he played for any of the top 4 he would be worldclass,the curse of playing for the smaller clubs.

  • Nev

    May 9, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    THELONGSHANKS- games on sunday mate lol
    and imo i rekon fraser forster shold be given a start tomorow.
    should be given a chance and he is apparetly “most improved” player this season
    he certainly looks the part from his size lol

  • broon ale

    May 9, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #20

    To borrow Brian Hanrahan’s famous Falkands phrase, today’s meeting between Mike Ashley, Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise ended without any P45s being issued.

    In what was in a reality a board meeting, Chairman Chris Mort, his recently-appointed deputy Derek Llambias and Executive Director Tony Jiminez were also present.

    Mort commented afterwards:

    “It was a good meeting: it was both productive and constructive.”
    there you go all you liitle southern journo’s! you can stop wrinting all your garbage about bust up’s etc (from aprt from the last sentence which is mine)

  • The real big AL

    May 9, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #21


    ‘THELONGSHANKS- games on sunday mate lol
    and imo i rekon fraser forster shold be given a start tomorow.’

    if the games on sunday who is forster meant to be playing for tomorrow!?! lol 🙂


    May 9, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Thank god my guts have been churning all day waiting for a good ending to this meeting, Did anyone see that moron from the mirror on Sky sports last night saying that Mike Ashley was going to give KK a £3m pay off

    Why dont the club sue these scum for every penny for writing hurtful and innaccurate drivel

  • Frankieboy

    May 9, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Will be a disgrace if Harper is not given a new contract.
    Only right he should start next season as No.1.If he continues to play well he keeps his place.
    Fair shout I think.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 9, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #24

    does anyone have a source to the meeting outcome?

  • The real big AL

    May 9, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #25


    I agree. these idiots in the press seem to have nothing better to do than to stir up rubbish about our club. and the reason is because they know any story about newcastle united sells papers. if i made as many misguided judgements in my job as these journos do i’d have been sacked a long time ago!

    I never doubted this keegan ashley meeting. ashley is a happy man at the mo and they were just planning for the exciting summer ahead! bring on 08-09!!!

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 9, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom_Toon: No way should Krul be our number 1 next season.. that makes no sense. Given and Harper are both top keepers, and throwing in a laregly untested youngsters would probably hinder his progress more than it would benefit it. I say loan him out to a good championship side and let him get good experience there, and let Shay and Steve battle it out on even terms. Both are great players and loyal servants to our club.

  • Whumpie

    May 9, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #27

    I think Harper’s been exceptional all season – not just since Kev turned up. He can’t quite pull off the reaction saves that Given can, but his distribution is generally more reliable.

    Let’s face it – we’re spoiled rotten for keepers.

  • Obafan

    May 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Is there anywhere some article of comment that gives us an idea how the meeting has gone???

  • JC

    May 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #29

    More to the point Obafan how much ashley agree to put forward this summer for transfers!!

  • Fernando

    May 9, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #30

    anyone can tell me what a typical week of training at a football club is like? I intend to copy it for my training regime. I imagine it’d be something like a school time table with lunch on it too and how long the lunch break is before afternoon training? anyone can help please. Thank you

  • Tom_Toon

    May 9, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #31

    i thought they just trained in the morning and got the rest of the day off.

  • emantoon

    May 9, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #32

    new contract..great.
    a reliable back up keeper.

  • Nev

    May 9, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #33

    my mates cousin neil sorvel plays for morcambe n used to play fo crewe, n when i akse him what it was like he said it was 10-2ish trainig and after that it was up to the players … e.g go the gym or go home

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 9, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #34

    i was at exeter city for 2 seasons previous to this one, we started to train at half ten at the cat and fiddle, finnish at 1.30, have dinner, then spend time swimming or gym, or specialist training, or if you are slack like most people were, you go home.

  • toonoholic

    May 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    if barton did not go home , he would avoid all kind of trouble , including domestic violence

  • James

    May 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #36

    I think we should Harper a statue – his loyalty to our club is a rarity in the modern game – everytime he gets his chance he never lets us down – outstanding professional

  • Bill F

    May 9, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #37

    I think I will pass on making comments on GK’s this time around other than it might be a good thing to give Fraser a game along with some of the other youngsters. League position wise this game means nothing to us now apart from the fact that we do not want to finish below the Mackems although it would be good to finish with a win.

  • Black and White Blood

    May 9, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #38

    On form alone this season Harper is my No 1…..

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    May 9, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Cash in on Given, and play Harper with Krul as backup!!!

  • rlw

    May 10, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #40

    harps for me always has been just needed a chance to shine he has saved us this season


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