Paul Murray saw the former Liverpool and Newcastle United star in action as a 17-year-old and believes Scott Fenwick has the potential to reach the top.
With the likes of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin blazing a trail in the Premier League, another one-time non-league star hoping to make it to the big time has been given a glowing recommendation by the manager of his new club Hartlepool.
Scott Fenwick may not be a household name just yet, but to football fans in the know he’s recognised as one of the hottest non-league talents headed for the big time.
Signed by Hartlepool this season, the 23-year-old was a revelation at previous clubs Durham FC and Dunston UTS over the last year-and-a-half, scoring 47 goals for the former and 11 for the latter in a return that saw many teams taking an interest.
Fenwick was previously on the books at the Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Newcastle academies prior to moving down to non-league and will look to get his career up and running after being given a chance by Paul Murray.
Bottom of League Two, the Monkey Hangers are in need of some goals and wins and Murray believes Fenwick has the ability to be one of the best, even going as far as to compare him with a former Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester United striker.
“There’s lots to work with but he could be a real good fox in the box for us,” Murray told the Hartlepool Mail.
“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.
“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.”
Should Fenwick ultimately impress in League Two then a move further up the football league pyramid could follow, with Premier League stars like Chris Smalling and Ricky Lambert showing such a meteoric rise is possible.
And should Austin continue to impress for QPR, then don’t be surprised to see a few more big teams taking a closer look at the non-league action going on up and down the UK.