Jason Prior’s hopes of making the big time with Newcastle United have taken a hit, despite his goal in a reserve clash.
The Bognor striker was invited to a trial at the Premier League club and bagged the third goal in a 3-1 win over Wigan’s reserve team – with boss Alan Pardew also casting his eye over the prolific Rocks hitman.
But while Magpies coach Willie Donachie is not convinced Prior will be added to the Newcastle ranks, he believes he deserves a chance to step up from non-league football.
Donachie said: ‘I don’t know if he is going to be good enough for Newcastle.
‘He is a great lad, a lovely person with a fantastic attitude and he scores goals.
‘It has been a great experience for him and who knows?
‘It will be up to the manager to decide.
‘It was a fantastic finish and he has shown in training he can score goals.’
Scouts from Cardiff City, Hibernian and Norwich were also at the game and Donachie believes a league club should take a chance on a striker who has netted 95 goals in two years.
Donachie said: ‘There were a lot of scouts there and hopefully somebody will see he has to be better than the level he is playing at.’