Jordan Stewart programme article

Posted : 18th November 2017

Summer signing Jordan Stewart says he is loving life at Windsor Park after making the move in June, following his release from Swindon Town and he also praised the esteemed professionalism of the club in a recent interview for ‘Look at Linfield’.

“I have settled really well so far at Linfield. As soon as I came in, I knew a lot of the players and the group are very welcoming, making it an easy transition for me. I’m really enjoying being here and the club is by far the most professional set up in Northern Ireland, so that’s a big plus.”

“I feel as if I have came home a better player in a lot aspects of my game, although it took me a while to get going, as I hadn’t played regularly for a while due to a few serious injuries, so hopefully I can push on and show the fans more of what I’m about in the coming months.”

Stewart, or ‘Sukka’ as he is known to some, has netted seven goals in 19 appearances in a promising start but the winger insists he and his teammates are working hard to be better, following a few unwanted results on the pitch of late. The former Norther Ireland U-21 International also spoke of his enjoyment at developing a promising partnership with Matthew Clarke on the left side during the past number of weeks.

“Without a doubt, there is so much more to come from the team we have and the group of players, as we have so much quality in the changing room. We’re just focusing on playing well and working hard in training and the results should look after themselves.”

“Coleraine and Glenavon have had brilliant starts to the season which obviously leaves us a few points behind but we now have to approach every game with the intent of getting 3 points and look after ourselves and I’m sure if we continue to do that, we won’t be far off come the end of the season.”

“I think Matthew Clarke and I have played very well together in recent weeks down the left side and he is very comfortable to defend 1v1 with anyone in the league which sometimes can give me a little more freedom to stay forward on occasions. We obviously have a lot of competition for places, so it’s up to us to keep performing to remain in the team.”

Jordan is the grandson of Linfield hero and goal-scoring extraordinaire Phil Scott, who found the net an incredible 220 times in 400 matches during a glistering career at Windsor Park that saw him win 14 major trophies and the 22 year-old wants to do his grandfather proud, now watching on from above following his passing in 2014.

“I think that’s been brought up a lot, the fact my grandfather played for the club and achieved so much in his time here. I would be lying if I said I didn’t hope to emulate his achievements, so yes, I put that pressure on myself.”

Whilst Jordan’s biggest focus is on being successful with Linfield, he says the prospect of another crack at full-time football is appealing to him, following a two-year spell with Swindon Town which included a brief loan spell with Grimsby Town and he sees the opportunity to learn under someone who has played at the top level in manager David Healy as a real learning curve to help him develop.

“If I have learnt anything over the past few years, it’s that football is a funny game and things can often change for the good or bad in no time. Therefore, I will always have a belief that if you perform well, you can get another chance at full time football which is every young lad's dream. It is definitely an added bonus that the gaffer has a wealth of experience and has played at the highest level and I am sure throughout my time here, I will learn a lot from him.”

Best wishes to Jordan for today and indeed the remainder of the season, as the boyhood Blue from the 'Village' aims to recreate some of the success that his legendary grandfather achieved in his time here.
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