First-team forward Jordan Williams, 23 - last week completed a move into full-time professional football with a move to Barrow AFC of the Vanarama National League on an eighteen month contract. Jordan made himself a cult hero with the Vics' faithful, and we are very proud of his performances for us on the field and his exemplary behaviour whilst representing us. Jordan scored twelve goals in his half-season spell, of which six were scored in the team's magical run to the F.A Cup second round proper. Jordan has wasted no time in getting his professional career off to a flier, netting late on to earn the Bluebirds' a 1-1 draw away to Gateshead last Saturday 2nd January; on his debut.
PICTURED - Jordan wheels away in delight after notching the opening goal in the famous 1-2 win at Vanarama National League side Boreham Wood last November.
Jamie Dewsbury spoke to Jordan after completing his move to Barrow AFC -
A fantastic move for you, Jordan. A full-time Club in the National League. It must have been a hard decision to leave a title-chasing side; but a huge opportunity for you to progress and a massive step towards hopefully playing League Football in the future.
Yes thanks Jamie, I see it as a great opportunity for myself to progress and push on and further my career. It was very hard to leave a team absolutely flying in the league where confidence is sky-high. All the lads are first class and working under first class management with Jim Gannon and Dave Conlon but the chance to take football up full-time is a dream and can only help improve myself. I definitely see it as the next step but I've got to keep my feet grounded and step on again.
You leave with nothing but good memories - what are the highlights of your short, but successful spell with us?
There are so many highlights playing at Vics' with so many victories and high points this season, but the F.A Cup run has got to be an obvious highlight - especially the replay win at Boreham Wood, definitely one of the best feelings I've been through in football - scoring a goal, then the celebrations on the pitch with the fans at the end of the game then afterwards in the changing rooms and not forgetting the bus journey home! Also playing in front of 4,000 fans at Northampton was also another brilliant highlight despite the un-deserved heart-break of late defeat. The full season was packed with many highlights for me, there was many games which I'll remember for a long time, no doubt!
Finally i'd like to thank-you for your efforts in a green and white shirt, Jordan - we wish you all the very best in the next step of your career.
Thank-you too, Jamie, it has been an absolute pleasure being at the Vics' and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The manager (Jim Gannon) has helped me improve as a player and as a person so much - and all of the team are a first-class bunch of lads and I hope they go on to win the league for themselves, for the fans who have been brilliant and to get Iain Howard his much wanted end of season trip to Maga!.
Vics' Manager Jim Gannon's view on Jordan's departure, his pride at helping him up the football ladder; and his plans for possible additions to the squad moving forward -
Jordan has been a fantastic player for us since he walked in to training at the start of the pre-season, and he is a player with great character, mentality and approach to the game so I believe that going full-time will help him achieve his ambitions as a league player in the future. As a manager you want to build winning teams and bring success to all at the club and win trophies and championships. But as a coach you are always conscious of your greater role within the game in promoting good values and helping develop the potential of players. Myself and the staff take great pride in helping a player into full-time football and is another positive to come from this season.
We are mindful that the loss of Jordan will take a little away from the first team squad but we have adequate replacements and we still retain a great depth, balance and quality to the squad. I am conscious that Jordan might not be the only loss as we approach the opening of the transfer window for the clubs at the attractive higher-levels. So we are searching for additions and building contingency plans to ensure that we stay strong and perhaps create the potential to get stronger as we move forward.
Interviews by Jamie Dewsbury.