Newcastle keeper Steve Harper hopes to play against Monaco

NUMBER 37: Steve Harper
NUMBER 37: Steve Harper

MEWCASTLE United veteran Steve Harper is set to take the No37 jersey this season.

First-choice Tim Krul - who has joined up with his team-mates in Munich - will be give the No1 shirt for the coming campaign.

But Harper is hoping to face Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco at the humble home of TSV Landsberg this evening.

“It’s about getting games and miles in people’s legs now,” said Easington-born Harper.

“We need to keep people fit. It’s nice to get results, but it’s proved over the last few seasons that it’s about fitness and getting results.

“The spirit is really good here and the banter has been flying around already after just over a week. Everybody’s in good spirits.

“The training’s been really good.”

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