By Harvey Byrne
Former goalkeeper Steve Harper has returned to Newcastle after being appointed as the club’s new academy goalkeeping coach – and Toon fans have mostly welcomed him back.
The Magpies announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday that the 41-year-old had returned to the club after 20-years at St James’ Park.
ACADEMY: Welcome back, @steveharper37 – our new Academy goalkeeping coach! ??⚫️⚪️
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 18, 2016
Most fans have welcomed their former shot-stopper back to the club, while others aren’t going to forget the goalkeeper’s spell at fierce rivals Sunderland.
Here are a selection of their views on Twitter:
Good to see Steve Harper back at #NUFC. Shame it couldn't have been done last season to prevent him having to tarnish himself down the road.
— Richard Crowder (@Crowdinho) August 18, 2016
Harper return a massive boost to the fanbase, let's hope Shola is next 😀 #NUFC
— Zaharaddeen Wanka (@Zee530) August 18, 2016
The season just gets better and better
— Kev (@NotBabbling) August 18, 2016
— Cass (@PeterCass1981) August 18, 2016
— iany (@icliff_iany) August 18, 2016
Steve Harper back at #nufc as academy goalkeeping coach – Good news all round
— @youmeandnufc (@youmeandnufc) August 18, 2016
— Alex Squires (@squireAlex_sfc) August 18, 2016
Harper moved to Newcastle from his local club Seaham Red Star at the age of 18.
His most recent club was with local north east rivals Sunderland, where he spent five-months without making an appearance for the Black Cats.
The goalkeeper shut down his Twitter account last January after he received abuse from fans of the Toon for moving to the Stadium of Light.
The experienced shot-stopper, who starred in 199 encounters for the north east giants will now work with highly rated youngster Freddie Woodman.
The Magpies currently have four senior strikers on their books with Mats Sels, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliott and Tim Krul, but the youngster has been awarded with a new four-year contract and is expected to break into the first team in the future.
In other Newcastle team news, captain Jamaal Lascelles praised the effort of his Magpies teammates.