Eight years after winning an U19 title with Worksop Town ‘new signing’ Kyle Jordan hopes to fire them to NCEL Premier glory

Worksop Town v Staveley Miners Welfare, pictured is Kyle Jordan
Worksop Town v Staveley Miners Welfare, pictured is Kyle Jordan

Rewind eight years and Kyle Jordan was a star of Worksop Town U19s, a striker with bags of potential and a chance of breaking into the first team.

He and Ben Tomlinson were full of goals on the way to an U19 league title, and the following season Tomlinson went on to become a key first team striker.

Worksop, Stubbing Lane.'Worksop Town Under 19's.'Picture: David Sills, Bruno Curvers, Kyle Jordan, Ryan Graves, Callum Smith, Matt Hill, Luke Rogers, Andy Hoddman, Rob Stobard, Tom Burridge, Daz Knowles, Tom Johnson, Joe Ward, Scott Thorpe, Andy Hardman.'David Rose (general manager), Andy Stevens (manager), Kev Staniland (Assistant manager),Phil Hall (Coach) & Andy Lake (coach).

Worksop, Stubbing Lane.'Worksop Town Under 19's.'Picture: David Sills, Bruno Curvers, Kyle Jordan, Ryan Graves, Callum Smith, Matt Hill, Luke Rogers, Andy Hoddman, Rob Stobard, Tom Burridge, Daz Knowles, Tom Johnson, Joe Ward, Scott Thorpe, Andy Hardman.'David Rose (general manager), Andy Stevens (manager), Kev Staniland (Assistant manager),Phil Hall (Coach) & Andy Lake (coach).

Jordan, however, left the club to join Mark Shaw at Sutton United.

Fast forward to 2015, and Jordan is back at Sandy Lane, playing for Shaw and scoring the goals many thought he was capable of before he departed as a teenager.

He’s followed Shaw to various clubs, and admits he doesn’t want to play for anyone else.

But despite their familiarity even the manager admits that Jordan, 27 last week, is like a new signing.

Enclosed pic owls youngster Kyle Jordan celebrates scoring injury time winner against the Blades at Hillsborough in 3-2 win for Wednesday

Enclosed pic owls youngster Kyle Jordan celebrates scoring injury time winner against the Blades at Hillsborough in 3-2 win for Wednesday

After a 2014/15 campaign that saw him come off the bench 26 times and start just two games, he took advice from former Worksop assistant manager Pete Shuttleworth, and got himself fit.

From lacking mobility to running 5km on the treadmill in just over 17 minutes, Jordan put in the hard yards this summer.

The result is there for everyone to see, with his name at the top of the NCEL Premier goalscoring chart.

“Last season was frustrating,” he said.

“Although I wanted to play more, I wasn’t in the right condition.

“I fully intended to get as fit as I could but I missed pre-season due to injury and found it difficult to catch up.

“This year I went away and did everything I could to get in good nick.

“Shutts put me on a bit of a programme and I stuck to it as gospel, my eating, training twice a day. And it’s done wonders for me.”

He’s not wrong. A hat-trick at Pontefract Collieries was a sign that Jordan might be more than a bit-part player.

And in the eight games that have followed, Jordan has been on the scoresheet eight times.

It begs the question, just how many could he score?

“I picked up a knock in a friendly and just before the Pontefract game when I finally got a bit of a chance, it started feeling better.

“I probably deserved that break.

“Before the season I would have been happy to just contribute maybe 10 or 15 but now I’m in the side and playing, I don’t know.

“Myself and Mitch (Husbands, strike partner) joke about it, but I don’t think it’s impossible for us both to get 30.”

Thanks to the passing football Shaw’s Tigers employ, Jordan and Husbands find themselves with plenty of ball at their feet in goalscoring positions.

And their partnership has been fruitful, Husbands adding eight goals of his own as Worksop have roared to the top of the table.

Jordan said: “We’ve got players like Conor Higginson, Conor Sellars, Tom Elliott, Jake Scott, and even the full-backs who can all make chances for you.

“And quite a few of our goals have come from passes to each other.

“We won four games on the bounce 4-0 and could have scored more.

“How we play is perfect for the players we’ve got.”

Shaw’s style of play is just one of the reasons Jordan has joined him at previous clubs including Sheffield FC and Shirebrook.

“Every club I’ve played at since Sheffield Wednesday, apart from Worksop Under 19s, I’ve been managed by Mark,” he said.

“I get on well with him away from football, it’s just one of those things.

“How he handles everything, how we train, how he likes to play, it’s perfect for me.

“If had to go play for someone else that would probably be it for me.”

There’s nothing the pair would like to experience together more than winning the NCEL title, and Jordan believes Tigers are in good shape.

“I’m always comparing to last year, when at this stage we lost at Albion and dropped some silly points at home.

“We were just about to lose Shielsy, we didn’t look half as settled as we do now. We’re better than we were last year.”

And should he get his hands on the league trophy come 30th April, Jordan will celebrate – wildly.

“It would be the best thing I’ve achieved by a distance.

“Not just for winning something, but because of how we all get on - a lot of the lads are some of my best mates off the pitch.

“A few of us will definitely go missing for a few days if we do it.”