Steve Harper wants to play another couple of seasons in top flight football, and the way he played for Newcastle last season, that should be no problem for the 38 year-old Seaham-born goalkeeper.
An emotional Steve Harper after this last game against Arsenal in May
Steve played just nine times last season for the Newcastle first team, and that brough to 199 first team appearances for the talented goalkeeper, who was signed by Kevin Keegan in the summer of 1993.
The news is that Steve is wanted by Hull City, who are now managed by former Birmingham, Wigan and Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.
But Hull City have just completed the signing of Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas for an undisclosed fee, and the 31-year-old has been capped 29 times by Scotland.
We would have though that Steve wants to play and doesn’t want to sit on the bench, so we’d be a little surprised if he end up at Hull, although of course he could win the number one jersey form McGregor, if only because of his vast Premier League experience.
Steve has been working as a pundit on BBC Radio Newcastle’s Total Sport show, and it seems there are other clubs after him.
He had this to say today in the Shields Gazette, when he was asked if he wanted to stay in the Premier League:
“That definitely appeals to me.” “It’s not just Hull, there are another couple of clubs as well.”
Steve has a bright future ahead of him when he finally retires from the game, and we’d love to see him back at Newcastle as a coach one day, although in an interview last week he said he’d like to try his hand at management.
Fist things first, and Steve needs to get himself fixed up with a club, preferably in the Premier League.
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