Harper remains committed
Steve Harper has paid tribute to first-choice Newcastle keeper Tim Krul but insisted he remains ready to do a job whenever he is called upon.
Last Updated: 06/10/11 1:21pm
Steve Harper has paid tribute to first-choice Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul but insisted he remains ready to do a job whenever he is called upon.
Alan Pardew decided to make Krul his No.1 at the start of the season and the Dutchman has responded in great style, turning in a series of assured performances to help the Magpies stay unbeaten.
Harper has been impressed by Krul and will continue to assist his younger club-mate in any way possible to help him fulfil his potential.
"The club made the decision to start with Tim at the start of the season and he has been outstanding," Harper told the Evening Chronicle.
"You can't take that away from him.
"Some games he has been quiet but against Fulham, the cup game against Forest, and Wolves he was outstanding.
"He has played a big part in the start to the season and I will continue to help him.
"He is a big player for the future and if I can help get the best out of him then it will only benefit the club."
Pardew plans to rotate his keepers to allow Rob Elliot to gain vital experience after his switch from Charlton, and Harper accepts his own opportunities may be even more limited.
But the 36-year-old's love for the club is unquestionable and he stated: "Of course it is. This is my 19th season as a pro.
"At the start of the season it was obvious the way it was, I had a few chats with the manager and he told me he wanted to bring somebody in with Fraser Forster being on loan, and that may become permanent, who knows?
"It was important to get somebody in. He's got Rob in now and when you are a young lad it is important to get involved as soon as possible.
"I have no problem with the rota system.
"Everybody knows I have a million T-shirts for sitting on the bench.
"It is good for Rob and it's good for the club to get him involved and immersed. It's a big jump from League One to this level.
"The manager has been first class. I read somewhere we have had a fall-out. We haven't had a fall-out.
"I've had several discussions with him and every one of them has been amicable.
"We have come out very positive and I fully endorse what he is doing regarding the bench."