Steve Harper wants to keep his Newcastle United place to reach 200 appearances

Steve Harper
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Steve Harper believes that he has done enough to challenge Tim Krul for the number-one spot at Newcastle United when he returns from an elbow injury later this month.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has admitted that he wants to keep his first-team place to reach a milestone of 200 games for the club.

Harper has enjoyed a prolonged spell in goal for Newcastle in the early weeks of this season, with first-choice keeper Tim Krul suffering an elbow injury on international duty.

Krul is close to a comeback ahead of next week's derby against Sunderland but Harper believes that he has done enough to merit holding onto his spot.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "I would like to get to 300, but I cannot see it happening at my age, but 200 would be nice. That is a landmark I would like to get to.

"Tim's comeback is not too far away, but we do have a lot of games coming up. We've got a long season ahead of us and we know there are plenty of games ahead."

The 37-year-old has played 196 times for the Magpies in 15 seasons of loyal service at St. James' Park.

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