Date: Wed 30 Jan 2013

Jarrett signs for Wingmekrs but Smith deal collapses

Jason Jarrett

Jason Jarrett

Airbus UK Broughton have swooped for highly-experienced ex-Football League midfielder Jason Jarrett who arrives from Halifax Town and he will be an instant replacement for Christian Smith, who will now not be joining the Wingmakers.

Jarrett brings with him a wealth of experience, having made 296 appearances in league and cup competitions in a 13-year career in the Football League.

"We are pleased to welcome Jason to the Hollingsworth Group Stadium," says chief operating officer Stewart Roberts.

"His experience is sure to be a great asset as the club bids to strengthen its position in the Championship Conference during the second phase of the season and he is likely to conclude our transfer business in the January window."

The 33-year-old started his career with Blackpool in 1998, later moving to Wrexham and then spent two seasons with Bury, where he became a first team regular and avoided relegation to the Third Division by making a £75,000 move to Wigan Athletic in Division One.

His experience is sure to be a great asset as the club bids to strengthen its position in the Championship Conference during the second phase


After recovering from a broken leg, he spent January 2005 on-loan with Stoke City and played three games for the Potters, including their 2–1 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

Manager Tony Pulis was reported to be eager to have him back at the Britannia Stadium but nothing came of the talk and Jarrett remained at the JJB Stadium, leaving after rejecting a new deal to move to Nigel Worthington's Norwich City in June 2005.

After playing just 11 league games for the Canaries, he was loaned to Plymouth Argyle before joining Preston North End in a £30,000 loan deal that later became permanent.

Jarrett had loan spells with Hull City and Leicester City and, after being transfer-listed by Norwich, had loan spells at QPR and Oldham.

He then moved to Brighton & Hove Albion, following his manager Micky Adams to Port Vale in September 2009, but the move proved unsuccessful and he rejoined Oldham on a permanent move.

Released in January 2011, Jarrett joined Halifax last July.