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.