Steve Harper had been at Newcastle for 16 years, and he now finally has the opportunity to rack up quite a few appearances for the Newcastle first team.
Steve Harper - Newcastle’s new number one
Harper told The Times today:
“Ask any of the managers who have been here in my time – and there’s been about 100 – and they’ll all tell you that I’ve always knocked on the door and asked to play, but I haven’t done it publicly.”
“I haven’t slagged anybody off or started fights in training.” “My contract was up at the end of this season and, after Kevin Keegan left, talks about a new one dried up.”
“Bosman transfers are fantastic if you’re young and playing regularly, but if you’re 33, have a family and a mortgage and haven’t played a lot of football, you’re conscious of injury and being in the pool of unemployed players.”
“There was speculation about Shay [Given] and I wanted to see what happened in January.” “Tottenham offered half a million for me, which was flattering, but, as it turned out, I signed my deal, Shay left and I’m still here.”
After years in the shadow of Shay, this is a tremendous chance for Steve to come through for Newcastle big time.
If he can reproduce the form he showed at the end of last season, when he was in the side, while Shay recovered from his groin operation, he’ll do just fine, and of course he’s also a local lad.
Good form from Steve will ensure we don’t miss Shay too much, and we don’t even have to buy any replacement goalkeepers, with youngsters Fraser Forster and Tim Krul at the club, both of whom look to be very good goalkeepers for the future.
That’s our youth policy coming through for us, at least in the goalkeeper department.