Steve Harper calls time on his long playing career – and returns to Newcastle

Steve Harper
Steve Harper

Steve Harper has returned to Newcastle United – as a goalkeeping coach.

Harper – who spent last season at Sunderland – will work with the young goalkeepers at the club's Academy.

The moves brings an end to Harper's long playing career.

"I'm delighted to be working with the young goalkeepers at the Academy," said Harper.

"I've been involved in grassroots football in the area for the last six years, so I have extensive knowledge of the many junior football clubs throughout the region.

"It's great to be back at the club in a coaching capacity and i'm looking forward to starting."

Harper spent 20 years at Newcastle between 1993 and 2013 and made 199 appearances for the club.