Balint Bajner has issued a remarkable come and get me plea to rejoin Notts County.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker insists he has ‘unfinished business’ at Meadow Lane and is desperate to fire the club back into the Football League.
Money is not an issue, the six feet five inch Hungarian insists, and says he is prepared to walk back to Nottingham.
Bajner was a cult hero during his first stint as a Magpie in 2015 – when the club blocked the whole of Hungary from their official Facebook page after it was swamped by Bajner’s fans.
‘No Bajner, no party’ was the rallying cry from thousands of Hungarians across social media.
And after recently becoming a free agent in his native Hungary, Bajner is desperate to return.
Speaking to the Magpie Circle podcast, in the first episode of the 20-21 campaign, Bajner said: “I loved my time at Notts County and in Nottingham and I would dearly love to come back.
“Don’t worry about the money, the club can pay me whatever they can afford.
‘This is unfinished business for me. I want to help the club back into the Football League. I cannot believe they are now in the National League, it is a tragedy.
“Notts is a very popular club in Hungary – everyone knows about them being the world’s oldest professional club.
“I am still only 30 and a little bit older and a little bit wiser now.”
Bajner reveals his desire to return to Nottingham in a special interview for the Magpie Circle podcast produced by former Notts director Paul Mace.
One of the most memorable moments of an eventful five months at Meadow Lane was his winning goal in front of hundreds of Hungarian fans in East London at Leyton Orient.
“I had no idea that there would be hundreds of my compatriots in the crowd.
“When I ran out onto the pitch for the warm-up, I was amazed.
“Hungarian fans are very passionate and very loud. Scoring the winner in that game was an incredibly emotional moment for me.
“It was a very surreal time for me at Notts with such huge levels of interest back in Hungary.
“When the club banned my country from their facebook page, the club just told me to stay quiet and not answer my phone to anyone.
“The No Bajner No party message comes in part because I like to play with a smile on my face and lots of things seem to happen to me.
There’s never a dull moment, hence no Bajner no party.”
Bajner was signed by Shaun Derry after being released by Ipswich before Ricardo Moniz took over.
“Ricardo wanted to keep me but, to be honest, I made a mistake.
“After being relegated, I thought I could play in a higher standard than League Two.
“I got a move to Modena in Serie B in Italy when they were managed by Hernan Crespo, the Argentinian legend.
“It was a bit of a disaster because the club went bust within a few months.
“I ended up going back to Borussia Dortmund and playing in the second team there.
“Because I spoke English, one of my jobs was to pick up Jadon Sancho for training every morning.
“I only lived 10 minutes from the training ground but the journey used to take me an hour because Jadon was never up and always late.”
Bajner has an impressive pedigree. A former Hungarian youth international he was signed for the first time as a teenager by Borussia Dortmund, and also had a year on loan at West Ham.
Jurgen Klopp was manager of Dortmund and Bajner found his first team opportunities limited by Robert Lewandowski.
Most recently, he has played in the Hungarian League but yearns for a return to Meadow Lane.
Thursday 8th July 2021
- Balint Bajner – No Bajner No Party (The Magpie Circle)
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*Main image @Official_NCFC Balint Bajner back in 2015 during his days at Notts County.