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.

  • Mal

    Haven’t you just added to the ‘way over the top coverage’. Good luck to the lad though.

  • finbarr_in_z

    It’s creating a reasonable amount of interest in other Ryman League South clubs (I’m a Folkestone Invicta fan) as we’re all glad to see the back of him! Until recently Bognor were running away with the league due to his goals. Him moving on gives the rest of us a chance.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t you love him to do well though?  I remember Alan Shoulder coming to Newcastle.  We were an uninspired outfit at the time and Alan arrived – a pit lad from Blackhall Colliery if I remember correctly – and raised everyone’s spirits.  He was one of us, and he scored goals from the start and got the lads winning.