May 26, 2015 13:00:27 UK
Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is confident that Hull City will be able to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking next season.
The 40-year-old, who is unsure whether he will be staying at the KC Stadium when his current contract expires next month, hopes Steve Bruce can keep most of the current Tigers squad together.
Hull’s two-year stay in the top-flight came to an end on Sunday when they could only draw 0-0 with Manchester United, while Newcastle were beating West Ham 2-0, and a host of players including Dame N’Doye, Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic have been linked with summer transfers.
Hull are 3.00 to be promoted from the Championship next season, while QPR are 5.00 to go up, Leeds United 9.00 and Burnley 5.50.
I want to keep playing. I’ve felt good, I’ve felt sharp.
Former Newcastle United shot-stopper Harper said: “There’s a real hard-core of people who really want to do well for this club, regardless of what division they’re in.
“They’re proper professionals who give their all every time they go out there. You need that in the Championship.”
Harper is one of several players who are out of contract this summer – Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane, Alex Bruce and Liam Rosenior are also coming to the end of their deals – and the goalkeeper said of his future: “I want to keep playing. I’ve felt good, I’ve felt sharp.
“Who knows what’s next? Nothing has been said yet so we’ll see.
“If the right coaching job came up I would consider it. I’ll be honest and say I’ve had a few calls about keeping going so we’ll see. If the phone rings with something that’s worthwhile then I’ll consider it.”
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