HARTLEPOOL United new boy Scott Fenwick has been compared to former England star Michael Owen by impressed manager Paul Murray, writes Richard Mennear.
The former Dunston UTS striker is Murray’s third signing since taking over at Victoria Park and the manager admits turning pro is a big step up for the Gateshead man.
But Murray says the hotshot’s record speaks for itself and he is capable of doing what Pools have struggled to achieve this season – score goals.
“He’s not been a professional before and it is a big step, but he’s got a great record,” Murray said.
“It could be a great non-league story for everyone because potentially, he’s got it.
“I’m good friends with Grant Holt and Glenn Murray, both Cumbrians, but both came through late at Barrow and Workington.
“There’s lots to work with but he could be a real good fox in the box for us.
“One training session with him – one striking session – and he never missed the target.
“Last time I saw that was when I was with the England Under-21s and Michael Owen came in as a 17-year-old and did the same.
“Whatever the level, you still have to beat the keeper, beat the offside trap and score.
“We are going off what we have seen of Scott and what he’s done.
“There’s a risk, he may not be what we want him to be. But desire, effort and workrate – so far the signs are good.”