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.