It’s not really surprising that Steve Harper’s career at Newcastle will end in the summer, when his current contract runs out, after 20 years at Newcastle since Kevin Keegan signed him from Seaham Red Star back in 1993.
Steve Harper – will leave Newcastle in the summer
He has played 198 times for Newcastle after being the perennial back-up to Irish International Shay Given, who now finds himself on the bench at Aston Villa, with American Brad Guzan now the first team goalkeeper.
And it seems Steve does not want to end his football career yet, and the 38 year-old will be looking for a new club in the summer.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Steve is interesting a number of Championship sides, and the Easington born player is also hoping to have some coaching role at his next club.
This is what Steven said today in the local papers:
“It has been a privilege to be a professional at such a fantastic football club.” “If you had said to me as a raw kid from Seaham I’d be at the club for 20 years as a professional, I would have said you were mad.
“People describe the club as an emotional roller-coaster and it certainly has been. I’ve had some fantastic times here.” “There have been some difficult times as well, but I have enjoyed it all.”
We expect Steve after finishing his playing career to become a coach, and of course it would be great if he ends up at Newcastle and joins the coaching staff.
He’s a local lad and he is a great guy, and served as the first team goalkeeper for Newcastle after Shay left in January of 2009, and that lasted until the summer of 2011 – when Dutchman Tom Krul took over.
Steve played in the 1999 FA Cup final when we were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United, and Shay Given was on the bench that day.
We wish Steve Harper all the very best in his future endeavors, and we now expect Newcastle to bring in another goalkeeper in the summer.
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