Newcastle’s veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper not surprisingly has no intention of leaving St James’ Park this summer.
Steve Harper – going nowhere
The 35 year-old goalkeeper has recently been linked with Celtic, after their first team goalkeeper Artur Boruc moved to Fiorentina.
New Celtic boss Neil Lennon, fresh form his success of singing Cardiff’s Joe Ledley for nothing, is after a replacement for the Polish International.
It’s hardly surprising that Steve doesn’t want o go anywhere, after playing understudy to Shay Given for several years at Newcastle.
My wife and I are in Plymouth, England for about 5 days, with her sister Ann, and my brother in Law Mick, who of course is a Newcastle United season ticket holder.
And over a few beers last night we realized we have different views on Newcastle and the players, and Mick would like Steve Harper to move on and give the two youngsters – Fraser Forster and Tim Krul a chance.
Mick also thinks Shay Given was way over-rated at Newcastle, principally because he was so poor at crosses and never controlled his area – unlike the two young goalkeepers we have at the club right now.
But Steve doesn’t want to leave:
“I have waited years for the opportunity of first-team football with Newcastle United in the Premier League so I’m not going to turn my back on it now,”
“I still have a couple of years left on my contract and I am looking to play on for as long as possible.” “I’ve only played around 200 first-team games and, if I can get that up to 400 that would be fantastic.”
Well there you have it – Steve has no intention of retiring anytime soon, and could well play on for another 3-4 years, and that may pose a challenge for Chris Hughton, if he has to keep the young lads at Newcastle.
Of course he can loan them out – at least one at a time, and of course if one of them improves enough, they could still our Steve from the number one spot within a year or two.