Sunderland have completed the signing of former Newcastle United goalkeeper, Steve Harper on a short term deal.
The veteran joins Sunderland as the club’s third goalkeeper, behind Vito Manone and Jordan Pickford, following the departure of Costel Pantilimon to Watford.
Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce said;
Steve will be a positive addition to our goalkeeping stable. He has vast experience at the top level and that can only be beneficial to Vito and Jordan as they continue to develop. He knows the club well and, as an Easington lad born and bred, he needs no introduction to Sunderland.
It’s been a but of a whirlwind, how it all happened. I saw the manager in the summer when we were guests at a wedding, not together I might add, and we got chatting because we were obviously both out of the game at the time.
I was in shock when he rang, but over the course of today, seeing the training field, and that little gnawing feeling that there was something left in me, I thought why not.
Harper joins Sunderland after spending 20 years at bitter rivals, Newcastle, where he made 199 appearances. Despite such a duration at the club, he never managed to make it as the number 1 ‘keeper, but was always a solid backup, whether to Pavel Srniček, Shaka Hislop,Shay Given, and latterly Tim Krul.
He then moved to Hull City last season before being released.