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Newcastle keeper Harper excited about Brighton opportunity

Brighton & Hove Albion loan signing Steve Harper admits he is excited about getting the chance to play first team football again.

The 36-year old has joined the Championship club on a month-long loan from Newcastle United and admits it is a great chance to continue his playing career after falling behind the impressive Tim Krul at St James' Park.

"It's a great stadium, with a great set of fans and a club that has just gone up, so it's going in the right direction," he told the Seagulls' official website.

"It's a long way to move from Newcastle but I didn't want to wait around for a club nearer to home.

"The manager and goalkeeping coach also made it attractive. They are both highly recommended and the gaffer was first class on the phone when I spoke to him. Now I'm here it's time to get stuck in.

"I don't want to sit and do nothing for the last few years of my career and I'm excited to be here."

Harper made his Brighton debut in last night's clash with West Ham United but it ended in disappointment when he was beaten by former Magpies teammate Kevin Nolan's 17th minute effort to lose 1-0.

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