Hull sign ex-Newcastle keeper Harper

15 July 2013 06:32

Premier League new-boys Hull City signed former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper on a free transfer on Monday.

Harper agreed a one-year contract with Steve Bruce's team following his release by Newcastle at the end of last season.

A statement on Hull's official Twitter feed read: "We are delighted to announce the signing of Steve Harper on a one-year deal. Welcome to Hull."

The 38-year-old, who spent 20 years at St James' Park, joins the Tigers for their first top-flight campaign since 2010 after their promotion as Championship runners-up last season.

He played in Newcastle's FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United in 1999 and made his last appearance for the club, acting as captain, in a 1-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal in May.

Harper will provide competition for Scottish keeper Allan McGregor, signed from Besiktas earlier this month, with Bosnia's Eldin Jakupovic another option for Bruce.

Source: AFP