Harper eyes loan move as veteran keeper admits he can't budge Krul at Newcastle
00:02 GMT, 25 March 2012
Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper will consider an emergency loan move after being frozen out at St James' Park by the emergence of excellent young Dutch stopper Tim Krul.
Harper, who turned 37 this month, has not played for Newcastle this season although he did make five appearances on loan at Championship club Brighton earlier in the season.
'I'd welcome the chance of a loan because I need to play to stay sharp,' he said.
Frustrated: Steve Harper has not played for Newcastle this season
'I've got another year on my contract after this season and I've got no thoughts of retiring yet.
'Tim has the potential to go on and have a fantastic career. The good thing about him is he willing to listen and learn.
'But I want to play, though whether anything can happen I don't know. It is a bit tight now. I got a call from Brighton earlier in the season. People might have been surprised, thinking I wanted to stay closer to home, but I had a really good time there under a fantastic young manager Gus Poyet.'
Harper joined Newcastle from non-league Seaham in 1993 and will celebrate his 20th anniversary at the club next year.
Newcastle face West Brom on Sunday, fighting for a European place in only their second season after winning promotion from The Championship.
Good cause: Newcastle United players are supporting Sport Relief
'I think there are a few mini-leagues across the top two divisions but there isn't much difference between the top teams in the Championship and the bottom five clubs in the Premier League,' said Harper.
'People probably expected us to struggle when we came up and again this season but it's credit to the manager and the players we're having a fantastic season.'
Newcastle are active in promoting this year's Sport Relief which finishes this weekend.
The players have been wearing Sport Relief T-shirts and making appearances to support the cause this week.
Steve Harper and Newcastle United are supporting Sport Relief by endorsing the Official Sport Relief T-shirt. Buy and personalise yours in store or online at Sportsdirect.com