Keeper thinking over Toon future

Last updated : 24 May 2002 By Luke Thornhill
The 27-year-old goalkeeper has been unable to claim a place between the sticks, with Republic Of Ireland international Shay Given in tremendous form.

"I will have a long break and that will give me time to think about things," said Harper.

"I don't want to go through another season like the last one. I signed a contract last summer but I didn't sign it to sit on the bench for three years.

"People say I'm just one injury away from playing but I've nicknamed Shay `Lazarus'.

"He has that many little knocks but has always managed to play. He doesn't give in and even if he cut his leg off he'd want to play."