FC Halifax Town midfielder Jason Jarrett plans to become a Premier League referee!
The 35-year-old goes into battle against Droylsden at The Shay tomorrow (3.00) focused on picking up three points, but he’s already planning down the line.
Jarrett, who has played as high as the Championship with Norwich, is aiming to go one step further and officiate in the top flight.
“I am not just doing it for the fun of it,” said Jarrett.
“My ambitions are to get to the top in the next five or six years.”
Jarrett has been learning his trade in the Preston and Lancashire leagues after conducting some training over the summer.
“I did the Preston v Blackpool match (friendly) which was the real test to see if I could handle any crowd abuse, but luckily I didn’t get any so I must have done okay.”
The usual transition for footballers is to go into coaching or management, but Jarrett insists that particular path is not one he will be taking.
“I have always wanted to stay in the game, management is fickle with somebody getting sacked every week, so that avenue is not for me,” he explained.
“ I have always thought refereeing for a player should be a natural progress and I don’t understand why it isn’t.
“My style is to get the players on my side. I like to talk and have a laugh with them.”