Will Newcastle Extend Steve Harper’s Contract?

One of the interesting aspects that Newcastle United will soon have to deal with, one way or the other, are the contracts that are due to expire this summer.

Steve and Shay – two great goalkeepers these last 11 years

There are a number of decent players such as Michael Owen, Nicky Butt, Steve Harper, Mark Viduka and Shola Ameobi, who will become free agents in the summer, if Newcastle elects not to offer them new contracts.

With the sale of the club still potentially going to happen in the new year, there’s not much the current regime can do right now, which is a terrible situation for the club to be in – but that’s the situation – like it or not.

One player who obviously would love to stay at the club is our longest serving player, goalkeeper  Steve Harper, who has been at the club for 15 years since being signed by Kevin Keegan in 1993, from Seaham Red Star.

Steve talked today about his time at the club:

“I’ve really enjoyed the last two years, as I’ve played over 20 games. This year has been very difficult. I haven’t been able to get a game yet, so it is important to keep ticking over. I am only too happy to play in the reserves.”

“Shay’s obviously had a very difficult two years with injuries, but he looks to be over that now. He’s got the shirt, and while he stays fit and keeps doing well, that’s the way it’s going to be.”

“You just keep your head down and soldier on. I’ve been fully committed here for the best part of 16 years, and I’ll remain so until someone tells me otherwise.”

Steve proved once again he is a top class goalkeeper, when he substituted brilliantly for Shay Given at the end of last season, but now that Given seems fully fit again, and playing near world-class, Harper cannot get a game at the club.

And with two top 20 year-old youngsters in Tim Krul and Fraser Forster knocking at the door, it may be that Newcastle will not renew Harper’s contract, and let one of the youngsters become Shay’s stand-in. If Steve is kept at the club, we fully expect Tim Kriul to want to leave Newcastle for pastures anew.

But most fans will hope Steve’s tremendous commitment and dedication to the Newcastle club is justly rewarded soon.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #1

    deserves a new contract

  • Stephen

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2

    He has to go………..

    He is coming near the end of his career and he deserves to play some football……..

    Also we got 2 promising keepers krul and foster,in my opinion i dont want to lose a potential english and holland keeper for a player who wont last that many years in the game……

    Harper deerves a testimonal game because he has being so loyal to the club and i have nothing for praise to say about him but its better for him to leave now…..

    we got shay given who he will never replace……

    alot of people say on here he is better than shay given???

    what you guys going on about seriously….

    shay given is the best keeper in the world in my opinion………….

    he is the only keeper out of the top keepers bracket that have a bad defence…..

    man u have ferdiand and vidic for van der sar

    chelsea have terry and carvahlo for cech

    real madrid have ramos for casilas

    juventus have andrade and chilini for buffon

    given has had the likes of bramble and boumsong in front of him yet he always comes out with great consitancy…………

    he dont make any mistakes..

    oh ya 2 mistakes i remember

    1 was 7 years ago when he put the ball down and dublin was behind him and he tapped it in…that was kinda funny as shay is irish he is probably the only one who doesnt know where dublin is:) but when u ever see him now he checks behind him just to make sure it wont happen again…….always learns from his mistakes………

    2nd mistake was sir bobby robsons 2nd last game against norwich 2-2 when he left bentelys shot go under him

    can anyone tell me another one he made????

    i cnt think of any

    also the likes of cech van der sar are kinda suspect in international football….look at cech at euros his fault they got knocked out

    given is fantastic for ireland………………..

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Sell one of Harper or Given in January to raise funds.

    Dont mind either. Given is a match winner when on form but Harper is a more complete keeper.

    We also cant let Krul and Forster fester in the reserves for too long.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Stephen – I think you’ll find Juventus dont actually have Andrade 🙂 He has been crocked for 2 years.

  • Tore Torell

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #5

    We need to keep Given, he’s outstanding and should not be compared to the more average Harper. Harper is sort of a poor mans Given.

    Harper deserves a few years of 1st team football I agree, for 3m I’d let him go in January. A team like Birmingham or Hull could do with him.

  • reillers

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Harper is a good keeper, not as good as wee Shay, but he’s a good lad, he’d get no.1 jersey at a few clubs.
    I think he should leave, but for him. Though he’s not as good as Given, he’s too good to sit on the bench and waste whatever is left of his time and talent.
    I think he should leave for him, but it should be HIS choice and I think it’ll be extremely insulting if they don’t offer him a new one. A slap in the face for his loyalty. He deserves a chance to decide himself, his choice and his alone. Not penny counting Ashely.

    It should be Harper’s choice whether he wants to leave or not. If he doesn’t get offered a new contract, we’ll have reached a new low.

  • reillers

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Tore Torell, that’s a bit harsh now if you don’t mind me saying. He did really well filling in for Given when he was injured. I don’t think he’s as good as wee Shay but he’s still pretty good. Probably one of the better English keepers.

  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 26, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry Harps but leave-for your own good. He could go to a perfect good club and get a game every week. He has wasted his career here, just waiting for Given to be out for a game or two.

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Nov 26, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Harper sounds like he wants a new contract yet everyone on here seems to think he ‘deserves’ to be playing elsewhere. I think his loyalty grants him whatever wish he has.

  • 51times

    Nov 26, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone seen the trouble in Mumbai? 80 dead and about 250 injured, they say the terrorists were looking for Britons and Americans. The Taj Mahal is burning.

  • Xisco19

    Nov 26, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #11

    If Harps wants to stay, we should extend his contract. After serving this club for all these days, he should decide himself if he wants a new contract !

  • Petey

    Nov 26, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #12

    sorry harper, but we need rid of yafor space for krul and others.

    wudnt offer a contract if it where me

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Harper has been a great servant to the club and deserves to be given a free transfer, in order to negotiate a decent contract elsewhere.
    We need to allow Tim Krul to develop alongside Shay.
    There is no room for sentiment in this discussion.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #14


    you need to change your name because

    1.they’re above us
    2.they’ve beaten us at home
    3.they’ll probably get into Europe
    4. they’ve got a world class manager

    so i wish we were spurs at the mo

  • 51times

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Harry “The Twitch” Redknapp, world class? Ahahahaha

  • k k forever

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #16

    51 times wot does ur name stand for mate

  • k k forever

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #17

    if we sell owen for 5 mil who are we going get replace him kitson from stoke 5 mil

  • Spyro

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Why have no teams come in for Harper? He is a quality Keeper and deserves to be first team for a premiership club.

  • garyfret

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #20

    harper is a class keeper and imo its england football team who have lost out all these years that he hasnt been getting 1st team football

  • Alex

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #21

    We need to let the lad move in January so we can get a fee for him . He is not going to get back ahead of Shay , its obvious Given is JKs first choice . He deserves to be 1st choice at another club , as a leaving present to thank him for his service he should be given a testimonial .

  • k k forever

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #22

    i think its cos harper has never sed he wants to leave spyro if he sed he did most teams in the prem would be after him mate

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Harper should stay, i’m with TT on this one!..
    …Given can help win matches, but Harper is a more all round keeper!..& he’s still got a good few years left in the tank, most top keepers play ’til 40ish!..
    …He’s been loyaler(if that’s a word?) than ya’ average labrador, fit as a lop & no-one would even notice if he took over from Shay!..
    …Yes, he’s that good!..

    …Is that right 51, the india thing?..

  • k k forever

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #24

    so you a rangers fan then 51

  • Alex

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Turkish Magpie Redknapp is a world class money grabber . Every chance he gets he moves , just ask the clubs on the south coast . If he was a world class manager then why has he never been offered a job at Chelsea , Arsenal ,Manure or Liverpool ?

  • k k forever

    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #26

    we have got two ov the best keepers in the prem both been very loyal to the toon so why should we get rid ov one cos fat ash has told us

  • Auschas

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Has anyone ever come asking for him??? I think that is key. We need to offer him a solid new contract and tell we are more than happy for him to stay or go and seek more playing time elsewhere. We do need to start playing our young goal keepers more otherwise well lose them.

  • k k forever

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Auschas dot think we be giveing any one new contract while ashley still here mate

  • xisco biscuits

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #29

    just a few thoughts on possible targets, even if i’m being optimistic thinking we’ll get anyone…

    Juan Culio and Sebastian Dubarbier – CFR Cluj. Both look good tricky, pacey attackers and look at home in the Champions League

    Nordin Amrabat – PSV. Looked like a real livewire against Liverpool a few weeks ago, tricky, direct and quick, and can play on either wing or as a second striker

    Biglia – Anderlecht. Classy Argie central midfielder, loads of potential

    Defour, Witsel and De Camargo – Standard Liege. Defour is the captain looks a real bag of energy and very comfortable and intelligent on the ball. Witsel is a powerful, pacey, skillful winger and looks set for big things. De Camargo is a strong striker who covers every blade of grass and poses a real threat but needs work on his finishing. All of these players stood out in both games against Liverpool and Everton.

    All the above aren’t big names who we’ve got no chance of getting, and they;re all at clubs who could be tempted to sell due to poor finances. But most importantly I think they’re all good enough and would jump at the chance of a move to england. Hope we get in for some of them…

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #30

    We have no chance in Witsel.

    De Camargo is simly OK.

    PSV wont sell Amrabat, they only just bought him and PSV fans complain about his lack of end product.

  • JoshNufc91

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #31

    i know harps is a loyal commited player, but he also has no ambition otherwie he would of left.hes a quality all round goalkeeper…more consistent than given and im sure he would of made the england team had he of moved a few years back, we should sell him in january to norwich as roeder seems to love buying our fringe players.

  • nick cotton

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Harper could be one of top 3 in England, if he leaves. Thats been the case for years, good all round keeper. He should go and make a space for one of your young lads. Do himself a favour and get a regular game. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  • ronjohno

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #33

    I have always thought Harper lacksa ambition .If he didnt then he would have left long ago instead of hanging on to his nice little earner. He should move on and let one of the younger keepers progress.
    Did anyone see Andy Gray on Sky last Sunday asking why the “Dublin” incident should not have been classed as ungentlemanly conduct if Van Persies attempt last week was so called.

  • Tommy_PA

    Nov 27, 2008 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #34

    You make me laugh with hanging on to a nice little earner, lack of ambition crap. Probably you slate everyone else as not worthy of the badge, have no pride in or loyalty to the club etc.

    Whatever Steve Harper does is alright by me, but I’d rather not see him leave just because the current regime couldn’t give a crap.

    Anyway, send Krul and Forster out on loan, young and need to learn a thing or two. Krul is a potential class act but seems to be throwing out his dummy just because he is not a PL team regular. Now that’s loyalty….

  • MichaelOWaN

    Nov 27, 2008 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Hes a legend at the club in my opinion and I would love to see him staying. With him and Given, we have probably the best team of GoalKeeper in the league so it would be sad to see him leaving but I dont think we should get in his way if he wants to. I mean Shay is playing ever so well as always and it is becoming more and more difficult for Steve to get a run out, most probably if Given gets injured.

    Steve as we all know is a great GK as well and deserves better. It would be sad to see him leaving but if he wants to stay then we should offer him a new contract.

  • The Entertainers

    Nov 27, 2008 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #36

    What a dilema !

    Harper should NOT be allowed to leave.

    However hes young enough to make a career elsewhere, but also to earn another contract here.

    If he gets the contract he deserves then we may lose one of the top youngsters in Krul !

    Wouldnt like to make that choice!

  • Partizan

    Nov 27, 2008 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #37

    I’d give him another 2 year contract and at the same time i’d send Krul on a 1 year loan to Feyenord……i know that’s alomost imposible,but i don’t wanna lose either of them.
    Having a new 2 year contract would lift
    Harper’s transfer fee by at least 40% and at the same time we’d have Krul gained valuable experience in Holland.
    The right time to sell Harper would be Jan 2010 when he has 1 more year left in his contract.

  • we're only slightly worse off than spurs (DC)

    Nov 27, 2008 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #38

    so just cuz Ed says we can’t keep Krul and Harps it must be true hey?

    i say keep them both. and btw krul is already on loan. how many 20 year old keepers do u c? no need to rush him, he’s signed up long term. let the given/harper reign come to its natural end and let krul take his place when hes ready a.k.a the best keeper at the club.

    …find the Tino

  • Taiwantoon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #39

    I agree with reillers (#6) on most points, despite the fact that I am still undecided on who is the better keeper between Gievn and Harper.

    But Harper definately deserves to decide his future by himself, not MA or anyone. It’s true we might face losing Foster or Krul if he stays but Harper has stayed loyal for NUFC and has saved the club a fortune by not needing to look for one keeper after another like many big clubs have been doing.

    Ambitious or not, it’s hard to judge. I wouldn’t label him unambitious if his dream was to win trophies with us. What I know is that Harper is a top pro and a top keeper and I will respect his decisions.

  • Alex

    Nov 27, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #40

    One thing the guy isn’t is unambitious , he has stayed this long at the club because he is a local born Newcastle united Fan and is proud to play for his club . He is one of a dying breed of players that put club loyalty before personal gain . If he leaves it will be to a good club and a big Wage and he deserves it .


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