Steven Harper has become an important senior player at Newcastle.
Â Steven Harper – a player yes, but also a big fan of Newcastle
As well as being one of our best players, Steven of course is also first and foremost a big fan of Newcastle United, being a local lad.
And having seen Keegan weave his transfer magic before in the 1990s when young Steve was just coming through the ranks, the Easington-born goalkeeper seems to have no doubts that Kevin knows the type of players that will be needed to revive the club’s fortunes next season.
Steve Harper told the Shields Gazette recently:
“I’m sure the manager knows what players he wants, and hopefully he’ll get them.”
“I don’t think anybody knows the club better than Kevin Keegan. He knows the fans, the club and the type of player we need.”
“Hopefully we’ll have a few new faces. As players, you like to see new faces.”
“The players are just the same as the fans â€“ we’re waiting on news of signings like anyone else.”
“We’ve lost a few players, and we might lose a couple more. Maybe we’ve been a little short (in recent seasons), and it would be nice to have five or six top players in.”
“Hopefully, we’ll have a good, competitive pre-season, and start the season well.”
Good words there from Steve Harper as a Newcastle United fan, and it will surely be a monumental battle between Steve and Shay Given next seasonÂ for the Newcastle goalkeeper’s jersey.
And we seem to be in great shape as far as goalkeepers go with Given (32), Harper (33), Forster (20), Krul (20) and Soderburg (17) all at the club.Â We think one of those will go out on loan for next season, maybe Krul or even Fraser Forster.
Steve will be back in training in a short 8 days time, and we hope we can get some players into the clubÂ next week.
The great Euro 2008 tournament will come to an end after todays’ final between Spain and Germany, so maybe the transfer season will then move into full swing.
In our poll on who will win today’s final 64% of our readers go for Spain, with 295 votes in. There’s still time to vote if you haven’t yet done so.