It could become quite a story if Jason Prior gets a contract at Newcastle.
Jason Prior – Bognor Regis number 9 still in shock
We ran the story yesterday, and had a little bit of fun with it, but the 23 year-old Bognor Regis striker is still in shock, that he will be getting a trial at Newcastle United - probably next week – although on his Facebook page there are signs he may be at Newcastle right now.
The story has been picked up by the Daily Express today, and Jason had this to say:
“I still can’t really believe it,” “It’s been a mad 24 hours and it’s an absolutely surreal situation.”
“I have had lots of messages of support and I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch.”
Jason was all ready to move from Bognor Regis to Blue Square South side Eastleigh for £12K, but Newcastle stepped in and Prior is set for a trial next week.
Eastleigh’s Director of Football, Dave Malone, seems peeved that Jason has been allowed to go up to Newcastle for a trial, rather than join Eastleigh.
And Dave in a statement yesterday, said he will look at possible a breach of contract of Jason’s current club Bognor Regis Town, since he thought he had sealed the deal to get Prior.
Yes, it must be hard to understand whu Jason would want to join Newcastle rather than Eastleigh – but as Dave said in his statement yesterday – nothing surprises us in football.
Here’s what Bognor Regis have on their web-site about Prior:
“Joined the club from Moneyfields in 2009 and finished his first season as top scorer. A powerful player who also topped the Ryman League scoring charts with 38 goals last season.”
“Scored a magnificent headed hat trick at champions Dartford in one of his early games for the club.”
We did send the lad a tweet yesterday wishing him all the best in his trial, and to go for it – and here’s his twiitter account if you’d like to wish him all the best in his trial, and here’s his Facebook page.
It’s actually very good that Newcastle have tabs on players like this in England, and they have most of the continent very well covered, especially in France. and Newcastle’s burgeoning scouting network is also being extended to South America.
We wish Jason all the best in his trial, and hope he’s good enough to get a contract on Tyneside – then we’ll take it from there.