Paul Fairclough has added Jason Norville to the strikeforce on transfer deadline day having being given one-month non-contract terms.
Norville, 23, was released by Fairclough at the close of last season having spent two years with the club, having a torrid time because he had to spend most of his time in the treatment room.
Having made just 25 appearances, plus twice as a substitute, most being in cup games, it was a time worth not remembering for the Trinidad & Tobago international striker, who has made one cap for his country. He managed just 2 goals for the Bees.
But Fairclough has given Norville the chance to prove himself worthy of a contract, having been handed non-contract terms that will give Norville one month to show his worth to the team.
After his release in May, Fairclough told Norville he could train with the Bees in pre-season despite not being a Barnet player, which Norville gladly accepted in a bid to regain fitness and not have injury concerns and so far he has not had any problems, something everyone will be happy about.
Norville will go straight into the squad for tomorow’s game against Bradford, and will be competing with the Bees’ other four strikers for a place in the team.
Fairclough told Barnet’s website: ‘He (Norville) is determined to repay Barnet FC and its supporters after his long spell on the sidelines. He is burning with desire.’ Norville joined the Bees in the summer of 2005 having been released from Watford aged 21 and now two years on he has another chance to embrace and will be desperate his one month proves successful – and by successful, for him it means not necessarily scoring goals, but staying free on injury.
The boss explained, ‘I have given him a month to prove he is injury-free,’ and the gaffer revealed ‘He has already had three run-outs and came through those unscathed.’
Norville looked good at holding up the ball and getting attacking midfielders run through for shots on goal when he did manage to get on the pitch, suggesting his inclusion would be benefitial to the likes of Max Porter. Meanwhile, fans’ cries for another striker have been answered and with the transfer deadline less than four hours away, expect little movement concerning the Bees.