Goalkeeper Steve Harper has joined Hull City, signing a one-year contract, after quitting Newcastle United earlier this summer.

The ex-Magpies player will be competing for the No. 1 spot with Hull's other new signing Allan McGregor.

Harper, who spent 20 years at St. James' Park before leaving this summer,  made 157 league appearances for the north-east outfit.

The 38-year-old will compete with McGregor for the No. 1 jersey but Harper's experience in the Premier League could offer a bit extra than his team-mate, who has had spells with Rangers, Dunfermline Athletic and St. Johnstone.

Hull boss Steve Bruce says the signing is to add Premier League experience to a squad which is lacking in top-flight experience, with many of the players only playing in the Championship until now.

"We just thought we needed a bit of experience," Bruce told Sky Sports News. "We let a young kid, Mark Oxley, go to Oldham to get some experience, and we just needed a bit of experience.

"We got in Allan McGregor and now we've brought in Steve, who has been around the Premier League for 20 years.

"He'll be good in the dressing room and good for the younger players we have got in the squad. With his experience, he will certainly help me to try to achieve what we want to achieve.

"You can't beat a bit of experience and Steve has got that in abundance. We've seen him at the back-end of last season playing against Arsenal and he did very well in the game, so I had no problems bringing him in."

He continued: "We have added a couple of people who know what it's about.

"The vast majority of the squad have worked extremely hard to get in the Premier League over the last few years. I'm talking about Stephen Quinn, George Boyd, people like that, and some of the younger players - James Chester, for example, didn't quite make the grade at Man U.

"They're all desperate to try and prove themselves, and be, Premier League players, and that's the challenge ahead for them."

 

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