Newcastle United: Looking Back on Steve Harper's Legendary Career

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Newcastle United: Looking Back on Steve Harper's Legendary Career
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The time has come for a true Geordie legend to move on.

Steve Harper, the 38-year-old goalkeeper who has spent the last 20 years with Newcastle United, will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires over the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Harper has become the epitome of patience with Newcastle, having waited on the bench as a backup to Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop, Shay Given and, finally, Tim Krul.

In fact, his only full season as the club's first-team keeper came during the Magpies 2009-2010 season that was spent in the Championship.

Even his 198 total appearances for the club don't seem particularly impressive at face value. Jonás Gutiérrez, Newcastle's winger, is about to surpass that amount in a mere quarter of the time on Tyneside.

However, Steve Harper's story is about much more than just a number of appearances. It's about dependability, perseverance and commitment to teammates, even when it isn't in one's own best interest.

Twenty years is quite a bit to cover, but here is a glance at a career worth noting from a man worth respecting.

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