Harte became Howe’s second summer signing when he put pen to paper on a one-year deal as the club continued their preparations for life in the Championship.
“I’m delighted to get someone of Ian’s experience and technical quality in and we are looking forward to working with him,” he told Hot Radio.
“He’s impressed me ever since he was playing for Leeds. He’s an excellent crosser and passer of the ball, his set piece delivery is an added bonus but he’s got a lot of the qualities that we look for in a player.
“He’s a player with a Premier League experience and will help the squad improve, and I think it’s important that we filled the position with someone who knew the game.”
Howe also feels that Harte, who played for Republic of Ireland at the 2002 World Cup, has a lot to offer the club both on and off the field.
“I see him pushing people for places. He’s a versatile player and he can play at left side centre half in a back three, so he’s certainly not a one dimensional player,” he said.
“He’s going to increase competition for places and that’s important because we know that we are going to need a good squad, not just a good first XI.
“From my meetings and talks with him, he’s certainly impressed me as a person. He’s got some really good values and he’s a team player, so for all those reasons he was very attractive to us.”