Steve Bruce has added to his coaching staff, with Steve Harper returning to Newcastle United.

The former goalkeeper has been appointed as a first team coach, tasked with creating a link between the senior side and the academy.

Harper was previously a goalkeeper coach for the academy, but left that job in May. The 44-year-old is now back with the Magpies, working alongside a manager he has history with. Bruce was Hull City manager during Harper’s two seasons with the Tigers.

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Despite his brief spell at Sunderland, Harper is well liked at St James’ Park, and his testimonial in 2013 was a really fun occasion. The former goalkeeper spent a lot of his days at Newcastle as a back up stopper, but he always remained loyal to his local side.

Harper goes straight into the action and will travel with the team for Monday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa. That means there’ll be another Steve on the touchline, alongside Bruce, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.

How many Steves does it take to get a win at Villa Park?

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Fans welcome Harper back to Newcastle

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