Since May of this year former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has been a free agent after his contract was not extended at Hull City – who were relegated to the Championship last May.
Steve is the longest serving player in Newcastle United’s history having been at the club for twenty years from the summer of 1993 when Kevin Keegan signed him from his home town club Seaham Red Star.
Steve Harper – after his last game for Newcastle in 2013
The ACL injury that the unlucky Tim Krul picked up on Saturday night in Kazakhstan is one of the worst injuries you can get in football.
In the past it ended good careers – and one that comes to mind is that of Brian Clough – who at the young age of 27 picked up the injury playing for Sunderland after colliding with a goalkeeper.
Brian tried to return to the game two years later but he managed only three games before he finally retired from the game to go on to become one of the greatest English managers of all time.
We know that’s true because that’s what Brian said.
And of course here is in one of his very many famous quotes:
“I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.”
Even though Brian essentially played only until the age of 27 he still managed to score 251 goals in 274 total appearances for Middlesbrough and Sunderland combined.
Back to Tim Krul.
Steve Harper has today commiserated with Tim Krul – who will have a long rehabilitation before he can come back to playing again – maybe if he’s lucky by pre-season next summer – but there’s no guarantee of that.
This is what the 40 year-old Harper told Sky Sports News:
“It is an awful injury,” “People say that breaks are better than cruciate injuries and he has got to write off the rest of the season and concentrate on getting himself right.”
“He has had one or two injuries recently as well so just when he was looking forward to getting back to top form it has come at an awful time. “He won’t be a good patient, knowing him.”
“He’ll be like a bear with a sore head in and around the training ground and medical room but I wish him a speedy and full recovery.”
Even though Steve Harper was at Newcastle for twenty years he played 199 games for us with Tim Krul currently on 185 appearances.
We have to hope that Tim has a full and complete recovery from his ACL and as soon as possible.