We need some leaders in the squad this coming season, and a couple of them, Habib Beye and Nicky Butt, now seem to want to leave the club rather than stay in the current mess we are in.
Steve Harper – 19th season on Tyneside
But one player who has no intention of leaving is local goalkeeper and the longest serving player at the club, Steve Harper.
Steve will get some competition this season from young goalkeepers Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, but he also plans to make the most of finally being given the club’s number one jersey in this his 19th season at the famous Newcastle club.
Steve has been a leader at the club for a number of years, and he will be even more important next season as he helps to bring along the many great youngsters we seem to have at the club right now:
Harper told the club’s official website.
“I’ve waited a long time for my opportunity and I intend to stay there for a long time,”
“The younger lads keep me on their toes and I’ll help them all I can – but one thing I won’t be doing is rolling over.”
“I’m feeling fit and strong and want to play a major part in getting us back into the Premier League.”
Harper has been first choice since his friend and long-time rival, the great Irishman Shay Given joined Manchester City in January, after taking enough of the nonsense being dished out by owner Mike Ashley.
Things do not look too bright for Newcastle’s season right now, as time runs out on getting new players in to strengthen the squad, even as we are selling some top wage earners to make the financial nooks more acceptable to new potential owners.
It looks like we are in a a right mess, but the lads can do a lot to raise the spirits of both the Newcastle fans and their own, by getting all 3 points at WBA on Saturday.