Newly-signed Sunderland goalkeeper Steve Harper has revealed on talkSPORT the message he has received from hardcore Newcastle fans.
Harper recently joined Sunderland on a free transfer on a contract that runs until the end of the season. The 40-year-old had been without a club since the end of the 2014-15 campaign when he left Hull City.
The Englishman will be Sunderland’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Vito Mannone and Jordan Pickford.
Harper, who played 199 times for Sunderland’s bitter rivals Newcastle from 1993 to 2013, has been signed as a replacement for Costel Pantilimon, who joined Watford earlier this month.
The former Hull goalkeeper has revealed the messages he has received from hardcore Newcastle fans.
"I think I am the first to do it in the new social media age so I read the script and deactivated my Twitter account before I signed so as not to get involved,” Harper told talkSPORT.
“But every message I have had from friends, ex-colleagues and even genuine, hard core Newcastle fans have said: 'great to see you back in the game and good luck’."
Sunderland are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 19 points from 23 matches.
Newcastle currently find themselves a place and two points above the Black Cats, two points behind 17th-placed Norwich City.