No regrets for Harper

Keeper always kept the faith

Harper: Enjoying life

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Steve Harper believes he made the right decision in biding his time at Newcastle.

The keeper has just enjoyed his most productive campaign to date, making 19 Premier League starts for the Magpies.

The 33-year-old has spent much of his 11-years at St James' Park playing back-up to Shay Given, but has been handed his chance this season due to the Republic of Ireland international's injury troubles.

Harper has regularly been linked with a move away from his beloved Tyneside, but feels that his recent run in the side is just reward for his loyalty and commitment.

Forgotten

"Looking at my time here, this has been my best in the Premier League and obviously I am delighted at that.

"All I have ever said was that I wanted to play week in, week out.

"In the last 18 months, I have played the best part of 45 games. It's all I ever wanted to do.

"There were two or three years when people forget about you. You are out of sight, and out of mind.

Whispers

"People weren't willing to take a chance on me as I hadn't played sufficient games.

"But I have never shouted my mouth off, I just said I wanted to play week in, week out and in the last 18 months, I have really enjoyed doing that - and long may it continue.

"I was told a few offers were made for me and you get whispers of things.

"If you had asked me 18 months ago, I might have been full of regrets, but the last 18 months have shown it was a good decision."