Jason Prior – New Alan Shoulder?
Making headlines in this transfer window has of course been Harry Redknapp with transparent attempts to unsettle players such as Demba Ba and now Christopher Samba.
In terms of incoming players the speculation and indeed hard news has been pretty thin on the ground.
Due to this backdrop it may explain why Jason Prior of Bognor Regis (that’s his current club by the way, although maybe he lives there as well) coming on a trial at Newcastle United has created way over the top coverage from the Newcastle end of things.
I don’t want to be any kind of a party pooper but I doubt whether it has created as much interest at the Bognor end of things.
Surely a player coming on such a longshot/wildcard trial is barely worth a mention…unless of course it then develops into a more permanent arrangement.
Nothing wrong with taking players on trial and Newcastle along with other clubs do this on a regular basis.
In fact in my childhood I stood on the terraces and watched Alan Shoulder and Steve Carney, heroes of non-league Blyth Spartans magnificent FA Cup run in the 1970s.
I can’t help feeling though that the void created by the lack of any real anticipation of incoming signings has made this into a story way beyond what it should be, god knows what the reaction will be if we sign a championship centre-half!
Whether this ridiculous hype has done Jason Prior himself any good is also open to question.
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