By Will Butcher

Steven Harper has revealed his desire to see former side Newcastle gain promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Harper played for the Toon for the majority of his career, after signing a professional contract with the club in 1993 before officially leaving in 2013.

The retired goalkeeper claimed on his personal Twitter account the week ahead for Newcastle is set to be a “fascinating” one, as the Toon face promotion rivals Brighton and Huddersfield.

Harper, 41, is keen to see Brighton and Huddersfield join the Magpies in gaining promotion to the top flight, after playing for both clubs throughout his career.

Newcastle face Chris Hughton’s Brighton on Tuesday night at the Amex Stadium, before travelling to Yorkshire to play against David Wagner’s Huddersfield on Saturday.

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Harper’s boyhood club Newcastle currently sit in second in the Championship table after dropping points against Bristol City on Saturday during a 2-2 draw.

A win for the Toon on Tuesday night against the Seagulls, who sit at the top of the table, could prove crucial come the end of the season with one point separating both sides.

Saturday’s clash against Huddersfield also carries huge weight in terms of the final Championship places, as the Terriers sit just five points behind Newcastle in third.

Harper, who was largely a back-up goalkeeper on Tyneside, made 189 league and cup appearances for the Toon as well as loan spells with Newcastle’s promotion rivals.

In other Newcastle news, this key Toon man has been ruled out from featuring against Brighton on Tuesday night.

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