Newcastle Move Quickly To Give Trial To English Striker


There are reports that Newcastle will be giving a trial to 23 year old Bognor Regis Town striker Jason Prior.

Jason Prior – Newcastle interested

Newcastle stepped in after the Ryman League Division One South league leaders, nicknamed the Rocks, had said they would sell their top striker to Blue Star Square Bet South club Eastleigh, who are in mid-table in their league.

The fee was set at £12K, but big spenders Newcastle may just be able to top that fee.

Prior has scored more than 95  goals in 121 appearances over two-and-a-half seasons, and he was ready to make one last appearance for the Rocks next Monday, before moving to new club Eastleigh.

But the news – and this is true – is that Prior will be heading to Newcastle next week for a trial at the St. James’ Park club.

Eastleigh officials are annoyed that the deal for Prior seems to have broken down, and will end their interest if the striker does visit Newcastle United next week for a trial.

This is what Jason Prior has tweeted about the Newcastle interest, and here’s his twitter account:

“Absolutely surreal situation! Thanks for all your support means a lot!”

“Sorting everything out tomorrow. Will let you know when I do. “

Newcastle United got involved only yesterday, and Bognor Regis have given the Premier League side permission to speak to the player.

And that has ticked off Eastleigh’s Director of Football Dave Malone, who has this to say in a statement:

“This afternoon we have learned that Jason Prior has been invited to train with Newcastle United, with a view to a possible transfer.”

“Despite the fact that we have what we consider to be a binding agreement with Bognor Regis FC for the transfer of Jason, we are led to believe that they have given permission for him to train with NUFC.”

“If this is the case, it obviously contravenes our agreement, and we will consider that to be a breach of the contract between us.”

“However, we do understand that the player will be attracted to a Premiership Football Club – and for that reason we will not attempt to enforce the pre-contract agreement with the player. “

“We will however discuss the matter of any breach of contract with Bognor Regis FC with the FA in due course.”  “Nothing surprises you in football!”

And to think it was only yesterday that Newcastle manager said the club would not be signing a striker next month.

But it is thought that Newcastle are keeping the move low key and under the radar screen, just  in case it alerts clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea, who could outbid Newcastle for the player.

Surely Newcastle can get  Jason in on a good deal – maybe for £13K –  and the good news for Mike Ashley is that his wages would not be too high.

But of course Mike would need to offer him a little more money than he would have been getting at Eastleigh, if that deal had gone through.

It’s potential deals like these that make us think of European Champions League football again – and honest – this is a true story – I checked the calendar and it’s not April 1st.

And you all thought I was making this up.

And finally,  as a postscript, I have taken the mick a little bit in this report, but Jason could become  a big player in the future, and it’s happened before with players like Chris Smalling,  as just one example.

So to be serious,  we wish Jason all the best in his trial at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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48 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    From the period of August to December 26, he has 28 goals in 30 appearance, 3 yellow cards and 2 hattricks.

    From 29 October to 6 December he scored in every single game. in 9 games he scored 15 goals. He has an astonishing scoring record.

    No reason to indicate he can’t make the step up to Premier League football. Lets just hope he does. Fast and pacey striker, and he can finish.

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  • NorseToon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    This is more exciting than Maiga imo. Haha, could be a real gem this one!

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    And all we will hear is about the success stories like Smalling what about the thousands of failures?

    35mill for AC and the replacement is a freebie from a relegated club (who has done well don’t get me wrong) and a 23year old from 7 leagues below. Might be a joke but am not laughing

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  • Eyeball81

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Great Scoring record…7 leagues below the prem tho.

    Doubt he would make the transition to Premier league standard though….would love to be proved wrong tho!

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  • Eyeball81

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    why have I used the word “though” three times….Ridiculous!!

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  • NorseToon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Eyeball81 Hehe nice..

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    mmm interesting, i dont care if he costs nothing if they see something in him then go for it, if carr sees something in him then i will be happy…the man can spot a player.

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  • seantoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    From Giroud to this guy?

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  • seantoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Normally the players were linked with there’s teams like Liverpool, PSG, Arsenal all linked with the player too! This time it’s us and Eastleigh both after the player really can’t see this happening and if it does and it means no new striker in the summer I’ll be gutted!

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Hell, I still remember Alan Shoulder making it at toon – he came from Blyth Spartans I think and did ok. He also played for Carlisle and did ok for them – its a good number of years ago so memory may be a bit hazy (and the Christmas spirit doesn’t help lol)

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  • sirtoongospel

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope he does well with his trial, but he will be schooled in the reserve team for a while anyway i would think. i have to say though, despite my being pretty positive throughout, Pardews words of “we will get a defender maybe” is a bit disheartening.

    We needed a defender and probably two before Saylor got injured. Now we are replacing him (maybe) and abandoned the striker. pardew stated he was gutted that a forward wasn’t signed in the Summer, and demba has softened that blow brilliantly, but he is away for a few weeks now, so our shortfall will be obvious.

    We needed a forward and 2 defenders, nothing has changed, and for the first time i am slightly despondant.

    I just hope that Cheick is still a NUFC player when he leaves for the ACON. Unlikely he would be thinking of transfers when he is over there.

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  • Eyeball81

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Montpellier are trying to do to us what we did to liverpool last year….sorry Giroud may be having a cracking season but last year he was in the french version of our championship!!

    Trying to quote £42m for a player with 2 years left on his policy….maybe Messi but not Giroud!!

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  • Toonboy_83

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    who is this tall randomer? Doesn’t excite me much sorry…

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  • thebionicMAG

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    The way i look at it is like this: If say Wayne Rooney had played all those games for Bognor how many more would he have scored? With strikers its about positioning and finish. He has both. The big question is can he out position premier league defenders and out score premier league goalies?
    Hope so. Would be a movie in the making…

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  • simonsez

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15

    ha ha been a while since I looked on here. still the same negative crap on here despite how good a season we have had so far. Thought the likes of solano and king kev would not be spouting the same shit, after being proved wrong that our team this season is far stronger than it was last season. yeah I remember you spouting off that the players we brought in were not as good as the ones we sold. Pointless trying to get into an argument with me cause I wont be visiting here again any time soon. Cause its just full of negative people who would rather spend their time complaining then getting behind the team.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Well, what can u do…
    U can’t have smaller gambles than this one. If he hits the ground running, then good for us and good for him.
    If he doesn’t, then it’ll cost us nearly zero.
    He’ll earn as much pay as the guy who cuts the grass.
    He’ll come on a trial, we’ll have a look, and he’ll be deemed good enough or not. It’s not like we intend to sign him from the get go, it’s just a trial.
    It might be over as soon as it starts.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    He is a really good player

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  • ck1978

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    At the end of the day we aren’t a club that will be forced to spend silly money on players anymore. No matter how much I hate Ashley I can’t argue with the players that have come through the door (except Perch!). I do feel Maiga has been made a scape goat in all of this and we were never ever going to sign the lad. I don’t think in a million years we will sign a CB for a massive fee in Jan either. What I do believe in though is our scouting network and over the past couple of years we have unearthed some gems and if the deal is right for the club then the player will come….. that’s not to say I wouldn’t like to see Ashley raise the bar now and again and if a young player comes along who wants to come to the club at a price of say £5-10 million I think he should stump up the cash which would keep us fans reasonably content. However with regards to this lad, personally I don’t care if a kid comes from, Real Madrid or the Ryman League, if he can do a job then give him a chance! It’s not like he’s going to cost silly
    money and obviously our scouting network has seen something in him. If my memory serves me right didn’t a certain Les Ferdinand start his top flight career at the age of 23 from being a decorator or plasterer or something?? Give the kid his shot!!! In Graham Carr and our scouting network we trust 🙂

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    1) 7 league below is very very very different from the premierleague. Put James Perch as a striker at that league – Perch might do the same amount of goals

    2) he is 24 years old. might took a while to get used to the premierleague

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  • geoff777

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    I watched a video of this lad earlier today on another site.

    The defenders he was up against were comical.
    Seven leagues is one hell of a step up.
    Worth a look I guess.

    Good luck to the lad.
    I can hear Llambias already “A big chunk of the 35M has gone on his train fare”.

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  • markmac

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #21

    in my opinion this is a smart move from us, if he looks ok in his trial sign him up and put him in the reserves, see how he goes,im pretty sure he wouldnt expect to be in the first team just yet anyway,

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  • markmac

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    in my opinion this is a smart move from us, if he looks ok in his trial sign him up and put him in the reserves, see how he goes,im pretty sure he wouldnt expect to be in the first team just yet anyway, and what have we got lose on him anyway???

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  • Howden Mag

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Really hope the lad does well and if possible be a success for us. If not he might make a move to higher status than he is at present. Nothing to lose for club or player. I am fairly pleased the way we have improved this season, good signings and sales. Improvement off and on the pitch IMO. I don’t know what goes on in the corridors of St James but it appears to be working. Yes I would like to have a couple of defenders and a proven goal scorer come in to the club and just get rid of certain players ie Smith, Lover, etc. Pardew, has told everyone we are not going to sign a striker and possibly not even a defender. Is that better than saying we are desperate for a decent defender and goal scorer and are willing to pay over the odds? Just a thought.

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  • BartZ

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    @wwjbd – what’s your point? Would you be more if Demba was brought in for 35m so we know we have spent money? If we can buy all these bargains for f all then it’s fantastic as far as I am concerned. Too many times in the past we have spent decent amounts on players that have been complete flops. This 23 yr old is only gettin taken on a trial so its only for us to gain if we find yet again another bargain. We need to forget about this 35m lark

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  • F. U. Ashley

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Didn’t former Newcastle, Tottenham, Marseille and England forward Chris Waddle join us from Tow Law Town?
    I can’t see this as being a Graham Carr influenced signing though for some reason, maybe because Bognor Regis is nowhere near France.
    It doesn’t really matter if he’s not good enough as he’ll cost next to nowt but maybe one of Ashley’s famous gambles will actually come off??? Good luck to the lad.

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  • LAME PERCH

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #26

    excited by this news another gem? 🙂

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Can’t see any problem whatsoever in bringing the lad in on trial. One bonus with non league players, is they haven’t been in the protective bubble of a big club and thus are hungry and understand what it’s like to live and struggle in the real world.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #28

    WWJBD @ # 3

    So are you suggesting that we should never take players from the lower levels as too many fail to make the grade????

    Personally I think there are thousands of quality players out there that are quite able to play at prem level if they are given the chance.

    His present record shows he is far better than the level he is playing at, at the moment so give him a chance and see if he can be mentally and physically fit enough and strong enough to make it.

    At the moment we have a lad on our books that was a council electrician and playing Sunday pub football until being signed up and he is looking not too shabby.

    Personally I do not care where they come from as long as they make the grade and leave it all on the field when they pull on a NUFC top.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    I was the top scorer in the old Southern League in 1958 with 38 goals in 42 games, but was nowhere near good enough to play 1st division football, as it was in those days. Hundreds of non league lads get trials at pro clubs every season, but you only here about the odd 1 or 2 that make it. We shall see. Mind, I was better than Leon Best, even if I say so myself. At least I could kick a ball properly and I’ll race him over 30yards now, and I’m 77.

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  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    This is what you pay your scouts for to unearth gems! You don’t always have to scan the best leagues and biggest clubs to find the best players. Arsenal have being doing what we’re trying to do for years now and with a lot of success a long the way. I would rather gamble £12,000 on a kid who will give it his all than some overpaid mediocre player like Michael Owen,

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  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Toonarmy86 @ 30 – a lot of sense there mate, especially the Owen comment.

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  • carrollsinger

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #32

    My brother played for Bognor and I’m from there he knows alot of players there and we know people at director level to its a family club I will ask him and see if he knows anything about him

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  • carrollsinger

    Dec 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Just spoke to him he said its not a last minute thing to happen he’s known about it for a while and he’s ment to be shit hot (thanks for telling me lol) its been in pipelines! my bro was seen and Bognor and moved on to Pompey but when venables joined he got rid of the whole ressies and youth set up so he went back to Bognor

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  • magicbus

    Dec 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #34

    12K for a striker sounds about right for Mike Ashley

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Dec 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #35

    No harm in giving the lad a chance, it’s a trial and he may be decent. There’s sometimes a bit of luck making it to the football league, I hope he grasps this opportunity.

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  • StuW

    Dec 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Good luck to him. Nice to see fairytales like this, when nearly everyone goes for 10m, and 100k wages. No harm in giving him a trial. Kightly, Smalling are two that come to mind that have come from non-league to the EPL in no time. Oh….where did Chris Waddle start his career? Tow Law, before moving to Toon Army.

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #37

    its a pardew signing he knows the area etc

    looks good(vids on youtube) however big step up i would sent him out on loan to a league 1 or championship team 2 build him up for prem

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #38

    You have got to admit Ashley is a tough gambler.He has a brilliant plan in place, he will continue to find gems in France and by the looks of it Holland and the lower reaches of our pyramid system.
    This boy may or may not be up to the standard required in the premiereship although l would love to see another woking lad make it into the fantasy land we call top level football, anyone remember Alan Shoulder or the other lads they brought up out of the pits?
    Another way of looking at it is Ashley saying to other chairman, we have our mission statement and we will follow it come hell or high water, this is of course how top clubs succeed, its called team work or following a business plan.
    Newcastle will pay a going rate for players they value and fit into the policy of being under 26 and rising in value (look at Tiote) but they would much prefer to beat the system and unearth real gems for a fraction of the price.(Tiote again)
    This action requires intelligence, something usually alien to the majority of clubs directors.
    We are in in good hands after all the better the club becomes the higher it is valued on the market and the more Ashley could sell for, if he wishes, and l don’t thinkhe wants that after putting in so much effort to turn us into a top club.
    What l would like to see in 3 or 4 years is an end to the pratricidal fighting between our fans and an open hearted acknowledment of Ashley and his teams efforts to bring the club back to the people, and l would like to see someone one day buy the guy a pint in Newcastle and him feeling at home amongst us.

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 29, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Lads, its as simple as this. Carlton Cole (who has potential ha ha ha) for £6million, or Thingyface Whatshisname from Bognor Regis council reserves (better than Fabio Zamblera) for 12 thousand quid? 312 grand is the Tax that fatty probably pays per minute……….
    Give me the hungry raw kid over the overrated prick with the claret shirt anyday.

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 29, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #40

    If Fatty buys us a decent team, (and I dont mean frittering away all of the mysterious and mythical Andy Carroll money in doing so), I will buy him a pint. Creating a decent team does not require throwing money away on Albert Luque, Hugo Viana, Elena Marcelino, Jean Alain Boumsong, Michael ‘Parasite’ Owen etc etc etc etc. It is about lads WANTING to do well in a black and white shirt.

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