Steve Harper set to leave Newcastle this summer after 20 years at club

Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper confirms he will leave the Magpies at the end of the season after 20 years at St James' Park

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Steve Harper is currently third-choice goalkeeper under Alan Pardew Photo: Back Page Images

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Steve Harper has confirmed he will leave Newcastle United at the end of the season after 20 years at St James’ Park.

The 38-year-old’s Magpies contract is set to expire in the summer and the goalkeeper, who is the longest-ever serving player in Newcastle’s history, will not be offered a new deal.

Harper has made just seven appearances for Newcastle this season after being demoted to third-choice shot-stopper behind Netherlands international Tim Krul and youngster Rob Elliot.

“It has been a privilege to be a professional at such a fantastic football club,” he 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.”

Harper has made 197 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies after joining the club from non-league Seaham Red Star in 1993.

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