Jason Prior Gets Support And Good Wishes For Newcastle Trial

Jason Prior of Bognor Regis FC has gone up north for his Newcastle United trial.

Jason Prior – on trial at Newcastle United

And it seems like he is getting a lot of support from his previous and current managers, hoping that he will end up with a Newcastle contract, which will be like a fairy tale for the 23 year-old striker.

Bognor Regis Town are the Ryman League Division One South league leaders, and they had agreed to sell their top striker to Blue Star Square Bet South club Eastleigh for £12K, but that’s when Newcastle stepped in a week ago.

Prior seems just a smashing lad and has scored more than 95 goals in 121 appearances over two-and-a-half seasons for his club and is an old fashioned center-forward with plenty of skill.

The striker is now due to spend two weeks training with the Newcastle United squad with the hope that he can convince manager Alan Pardew to give him a contract.

Bognor Regis joint managers Jamie Howell and Darin Killpartrick,  and Moneyfields FC manager Miles Rutherford, all believe the lad has a decent chance of making the grade in the north-east.

This is what manager Howell said today:

“He is a natural goalscorer and if ever there was a type of player suiting a particular club, it could be Jason at Newcastle. He is an old-style center-forward and they have had plenty of those down the years.”

And this is what Darin Killpartrick added to that:

“He is a technically-gifted centre-forward and is definitely worth a gamble. He also has an excellent attitude, which will help him make an impression up there.”

Miles Rutherford is the Moneyfields FC manager, and thought the 23 year-old would go far after he left the Portsmouth club, who play in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division.

Miles had this to say about Jason:

“He is a level-headed lad and always eager to learn. Sometimes he came across as a lethargic looking player but in reality that wasn’t the case,”

“He came to us as a 19-year-old midfielder after spells at Portsmouth and Newbury but because of his physical presence he was always going to play up front. The lad looks a real athlete.

“He knows where the goal is and has been top scorer at Bognor for two seasons. He has the opportunity of a lifetime and he must approach it with an open mind.”

The story seems to have captured the imagination of fans everywhere, and of course maybe Jason was at the game last night when Newcastle beat Manchester United by 3-0 at St. James’ Park, and our lads won on merit too.

We wish Jason all the best in his trial, and hope he can earn a deal at the Newcastle club.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • toonthompson

    Jan 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Good luck to him

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Ameobi was fantastic last night. Ba and Ameobi are fantastic together.

    And did you guys know Ameobi has the highest assist for us this season with….. TWO? lol

  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Give Him a Deal Until The End Of Next Season. Get Him For Less Than £50 Grand what have we to Loose . If he is Naff Then He can Play in the Reserves Or loan Him out with Ranger !!!!! Can We honestly say any of our current Forwards Like Best Etc would have scored as Many Goals as He has so Farr !!!

  • foster

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    “had agreed to sell their top striker to Blue Star Square Bet South club Eastleigh for £12M”

    Wow never knew Eastleigh had that kind of money

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Well my parents live in Eastleigh, so either way I’ll get to see him play o:

  • shearerno9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Lee Dodd

    i would hope so…. in a premiership team pushing for starts to go to that level id want to see a hell of alot of goals

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Bloodyyy Helll Eastleigh were going to pay £12million for him :\

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I wonder how our scouts came across him.. Anybody actually heard anything?

    I’m pretty sure Carr isn’t watching non league games (;

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    To be fair even if he signs for 15k if he doesnt cut it in the prem they’ll be teams champ/league1/2 who would pay like 100k-£1million for him

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    £12million? Haha that is some typo Ed! I don’t think there’s £12m in the whole of Eastleigh!

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Are these African teams having a laugh or what??

    Mancini apparently asked the Ivory Coast manager could both Toure brothers stay for 1 extra day & play against Man Utd,& he said no.lol

    Surely the Clubs who pay there wages should have more of a say.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Staggeringly low record of assists, if Shola is top with two.

    Shows Ba does it all on his own.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #13

    i hope the lad does well. good luck

    llambass, says, although he cost us 15G and 12 tracksuits, he was an expensive find, in total, he cost 9 million, with agents fees, and other bits and bobs added to it

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Wishing him the very best of luck, could be a fairytale for both him and NUFC. Nice to see a story like this in the modern world of £50M big name transfers too. We have nothing to lose in this but I really hope he makes the cut. Talk about doing it on the cheap, eh?

  • geoff777

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Good luck to the lad.

    A great story.
    I hope he was at the match last night.


  • CheikandBake

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    While I thought Shola had a great game last night I did find myself wondering how much more effective we would be if we had a striker with physical presence and mobility.
    There were a few times when Ba played a good ball into the channel for Shola and he was on the back foot everytime. Not enough pace to turn and get in behind the defender.
    His hold up play was excellent but it would have been interesting if Maiga had signed as I believe he was supposed to be good in the air and also quick on the ground. Something our attack will seriously miss when Ba leaves.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    pretty gutted about Ba going now like because looking at our next set of games he could of really bagged a load of goals

  • traceline

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #18

    I reckon this is another (great) example of us thinking “out of the box” and being run more like a business entity.

    It’s actually as per Ashley’s M.O: Buy something that’s got potential for a pittance (slazenger, lonsdale etc) – put in a bit of cash to improve it (marketing, some coaching for prior) – then sell on for a quick profit (or have a seriously good striker on your hands).

    Think it’s a win-win all round 🙂

    (Agree with GeordieToon89)

    PS – isn’t this pretty much what Ajax does for their academy (except they work from a younger age)?

  • wynsleap

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #19

    The best of luck to this lad.
    It isn’t going to be easy for him but after seeing free transfer Ba smash his way to 15 already, anything can happen at this club.
    And usually does!

  • John

    Jan 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Flet sorry HBA last nite not even to get on the pitch looks like hes gona be a goner sooner or later.

  • martoon

    Jan 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #21

    As others have said – we have nothing much to lose and everything to gain. On a personal level though it must be quite a wrench for the lad who presumably has lived on the South coast most of his life to suddenly find himself in the North East (not to mention the language barrier 🙂 ). At 23 he may well have a family to think about as well so I think we have to remember it will not only be a higher level of football he has to get to contend with but a different lifestyle as well.

  • chris_g

    Jan 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #22

    “I wonder how our scouts came across him.. Anybody actually heard anything?

    I’m pretty sure Carr isn’t watching non league games”

    I haven’t heard anything specific, but if you check Carr’s wiki page you’ll see that he spent a long time playing in and/or managing non league teams, so he will have built up a good network of contacts over the years.

    It’s also quite likely that Pardew would have been directly involved in this one:

    “Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew’s gamble on Bognor Regis striker Jason Prior is no surprise.

    Pardew is not afraid to dip into non-League clubs in his search for talent. In his time in charge of Southampton, he signed Aaron Martin from Eastleigh, and retains strong scouting links in the area.”

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Good luck. I feel he is a good mam and player

  • max

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #24

    just try to get him. at least he is free

  • ogm

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Good luck to the lad, hope he’s good enough to make a fairy tale success story.

  • Rumsfeld

    Jan 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Hope he makes it. Young English talent is best talent

  • Toon_Jock

    Jan 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #27

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