Harper hopes for Seagulls stay
Steve Harper has revealed that he has some regrets in his career and hopes to stay at Brighton for as long as possible.
Last Updated: 01/11/11 9:54am
Steve Harper has revealed that he has some regrets in his Newcastle career and hopes to stay at Brighton for as long as possible.
The goalkeeper is on loan with the Championship outfit and has conceded just once in the two games that he has played in.
Harper is Newcastle's longest-serving player, having been at the club for almost 20 years.
But in that period, the 36-year-old has made just 151 appearances - an average of just eight games a season for the Magpies.
After being used as a back-up keeper for Shay Given for much of his career, Harper featured heavily in their Championship title-winning season two years ago.
Gus Poyet's Brighton are 10th in the second tier and are without a win in eight games, with Harper brought in to overturn the team's defensive frailties.
He told the Daily Mirror: "If I could speak to a young Steve Harper 10 years ago, I would have told him to go on loan then.
"I hadn't played a competitive game for about six months before coming to Brighton so it was nice to blow the cobwebs out.
"I didn't want to do nothing for the last years of my career. I could be here until January, the longer the better."