Newcastle boss Pardew praises Harper for taking Brighton chance

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has praised Steve Harper over his loan move to Brighton.

United had been rotating both Harper and summer signing Rob Elliot for first-team bench duty, with the Easington-born keeper an unused substitute against Wigan Athletic.

Discussing Harper’s one-month loan switch to the south coast, Pardew told the Evening Chronicle : “He just wanted to play.

“Not all the top players in the country would have gone on loan – you’re vulnerable.

“You’re going down a division, but he was prepared to do that, and fair play to him.”

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