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Harper Will Face Competition At Hull – So What’s New?

News yesterday that Hull City have confirmed the signing of former Newcastle United goalkeeper, 38 year-old Steve Harper on a one-year deal, after Steve’s 20 years of service at Newcastle ended on June 30th.

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Steve Harper – signed a one year deal at Hull

So Steve is not going far from home base,  and will be working for a Geordie manager in Steve Bruce, who the former Sunderland manager did so well in getting Hull promoted in his first season at the club.

And the Tigers will be trying to stay in the Premier league next season, and of course Steve has great experience, and if his form for Newcastle last season in the 9 games he played  is anything to go by, the Seaham-born goalkeeper could have a few years left in the game.

A statement published by Hull’s official Twitter feed, @hullcityteam, read as follows:

“We are delighted to announce the signing of Steve Harper on a one-year deal #WelcometoHull #hcafc””

But playing first team football will not be an automatic for Steve, as Hull also signed Scottish International goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Besiktas earlier this month for £1.5M, with Eldin Jakupovic, the 28 year-old Swiss International goalkeeper also available.

Steve was signed by Kevin Keegan for Newcastle back  in 1993, and is used to having competition, as he served as Shay Given’s back-up from 1997 until Shay left the club in January, 2009.

Steve then took over the number one position before Tim Krul became Newcastle’s new number one two years ago.

And Steve’s 199th and last game for Newcastle was against Arsenal in the final game of the season, when Steve was made captain.

Steve had a very good game that day, and was given a fantastic and emotional send-off after the game, from the grateful Newcastle fans, for 20 years of loyal service to the club.

It will be great to see Steve performing in the Premier League next season for Hull City, and we wish this first class professional all the luck in the world.

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