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Jason Prior Still In Shock At Newcastle Trial

10:20 am, Friday, December 30th, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Klatoon // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Wish him the best,atleast to make the reserve team

  • 2 roshan MAGPIE // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    next santiago munez

  • 3 grumpy_old_sod // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Good luck to the lad, sometimes there’s a little bit of luck to make the breakthrough into the football leagues. Let’s hope he grasps this opportunity and gets himself a contract.

  • 4 GeordieToon89 // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Were apparently giving a trial to a Club Brugge starlet, Jonothan Botoya or something

  • 5 supatoonkid // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    It would be amazing if he really impresses on the trial and turns out to be a very good player, I hope he does well and can play some part at Newcastle and possibly be somebody challenging Ba for place in the side. Of course we have to be sceptical as he may not be able to pull his suberin goal scoring record at such a high level as the Prem as he is playing in a lowly division with Bognor Regis but I live in St. Albans and have been to see them play a couple of games this season (they play in the same league) and some of players do look quite good so I hope he does well and you never know he could play for England in the future. Good luck Jason Prior!

  • 6 LewSpi // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Good luck to the lad, Newcastle United setting an example to the rest of the English divisions that there is possible ‘grassroots’ talent kicking about.

    ” Newcastle’s burgeoning scouting network is also being extended to South America.”

    Appetite = Wet. A few Brazilians and a couple more Argey’s in the squad and we’d be laughing.

  • 7 grumpy_old_sod // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Good luck to boyota too.

  • 8 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    for now, im worried about the game later against Pool. i wonder which newcastle will turn up.

    The one that played tennis for the first 60 minutes at Bolton or the 1 that played for the rest of the 30mins.

  • 9 GeordieToon89 // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    ilovetoon8788 – a think we’ll be playing tennis mate

  • 10 LewSpi // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    If we play Ben Arfa, minimum of a point I think. When he does play, it completely transforms Cabaye, him and Hatem play some delightful one touch passing, the type that will bemuse and bewilder young Henderson.

  • 11 GeordieToon89 // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    See Bolton have accepted a fee for Cahill from Chelsea and Marlon Harewood has signed for Forrest again

  • 12 colwell // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    There doesn’t seem too be much info on him does any one know how big he is? gets called a powerful striker so he must be tall?

    I can;t see him being better than Ranger, if he was that good after his 1st season at 22 surely a league team would have picked him up but Eastleigh umm who knows just get the defenders in and we’ll be sorted.

  • 13 GeordieToon89 // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    colwell – Apparenetly Swindon and Bournmouth wer planning on going for him

  • 14 LewSpi // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Regarding Obertoon, remember, it took CRonaldo 3 SEASONS to establish himself as an incredible player, and the same goes for Nani, a horrible first 2/3 years at ManUre, but I be any of you would have him in our team now.

  • 15 Lee Dodd // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Get Prior in he cant be any Worse than Ranger Can he Now !!! a New Central Defender and were sorted !!!!!!

  • 16 BelfastMagpie87 // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    The first 60 minutes against Bolton was awful awful football.
    Fat Sam/Joe Kinnear eat your heart out.

    Thats why I really hope He starts Ben Arfa 2nite.
    Play a bit of football.

  • 17 ArtyH // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Good luck to Jason next week, all he has to do is show he can work, and if he looses the ball go try and get it back, something some of our forwards should try… Obertan, Shola you know what I mean.

  • 18 2_goal_tino // Dec 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Think it’ll be another case of hoofball tonight. Which will be even more ridiculous given the fans and medias recent talk of how we have moved on from Carroll and now play a precise passing game.

    I just don’t get why for some players, like HBA, he talks about not being upto speed during games, but then sticks religiously to players who have not done much. I’ve got no problem with Best but for West Brom and Bolton (that’s 2 hours of football) he was completely anonymous (other than missing the glancing header against WBA). If Pardew really doesn’t want to play HBA, i’d prefer Shola over Best tonight!

  • 19 toonincheek // Dec 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    We seem to be stepping up in the world – paying fees for strikers instead of signing freebies!!

  • 20 Rosted Pork // Dec 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    good luck to him. an hope we can celebrate new year with a win :-)

  • 21 carrollsinger // Dec 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    As I said yesterday prior had been in pipe lines my bro Played for Bognor and I live there Jason is top notch just hope he can make the step up

  • 22 Greg P // Dec 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    This looks like part of the Gateshead relationship to me. If he looks alright we’ll sign him and send him to the Tynesiders for the rest of the season where he’ll get match time under the eyes of the NUFC network, while playing with some future team mates. If all goes well he’ll have pre-season to prove himself, otherwise we’ll sell him on to Gateshead. No risk to anyone as he’s clearly good enough for Conference football and may help the ‘heed push into the play offs.




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