Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is set to end his time on Tyneside in the summer after the North East club refused to offer him a new contract.
Harper has given 20 years of service to his boyhood club but has made just 155 league appearances for the Magpies as the 38 year old continues to play second fiddle at St James’ Park.
Shay Given dominated between the stick for the majority of Harper’s time at the club and now Dutch hotshot Tim Krul and impressive stopper Rob Elliot have the one and two spots between them.
Whether you feel Harper has shown great loyalty to the club or a distinct lack of ambition, it is extremely rare to see a player stick to a single club for 20 years and that is something to praise.
Harper is continuing to pick up his coaching badges but is yet to make a decision on his long term future after the summer.
“It has been a privilege to be a professional at such a fantastic football club,” Harper told the Evening Chronicle.
“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.”
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