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Newcastle reserve keeper still waiting for contract talks

Newcastle stopper Steve Harper has said he is still waiting to open negotiations on a new contract at St James' Park. Harper says he is hopeful of extending his 16-year stint with the club.

"I've really enjoyed the last two years, as I've played over 20 games," Harper told The Chronicle.

"This year has been very difficult. I haven't been able to get a game yet, so it is important to keep ticking over."

Harper, who has figured in a number of reserve games for the Magpies, insists he is not frustrated at being second-choice keeper under Joe Kinnear.

"I am only too happy to play in the reserves," he added.

"Shay's obviously had a very difficult two years with injuries, but he looks to be over that now.

"He's got the shirt, and while he stays fit and keeps doing well, that's the way it's going to be.

"You just keep your head down and soldier on.

"I've been fully committed here for the best part of 16 years, and I'll remain so until someone tells me otherwise."

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