FOOTBALL: Jordan, 17, signs for Sky Blues

Jordan Ponticelli has signed for Coventry City
Jordan Ponticelli has signed for Coventry City

Strachan Foundation student awarded two-year contract at Coventry City

The Strachan Football Foundation’s prolific front man Jordan Ponticelli, 17, has signed a two-year professional contract with League One side Coventry City.

Jordan, who has scored 39 goals in 37 games in all competitions, arrived on a day release from school in 2014 and became part of a BTEC Level 3 full time study programme in September 2015.

He had trials with Hibernian, Stoke City, Doncaster and Cambridge United this season and the Sky Blues had competition from two premier league clubs, two championship clubs and another League One side all offering him contracts.

Managing Director Dan Elliott said: “The past few seasons the role of a centre forward has evolved and the need for a physical hard working number 9 is key to a team’s success. Jordan’s work rate is unbelievable and he deserves every goal he has scored this season.

“Our focus within the foundation is on the development of the individual and helping each player to reach their career goals. Over the next few months we will see a number of lads moving on from the foundation. With one player going to the US on a scholarship with NAIA National Champions, another four trialling at professional clubs and five lads going on to University Football Programmes, we are proud of every one of the boys who reach their goals and ambitions in life and pride ourselves on helping the lads on their journey.”

Jordan said: “I have really enjoyed my time with SFF. They have helped me go on trial with a number of clubs and I am really pleased to have signed for my hometown club. They have really impressed me with their organisation and structure to their sessions. SFF offered me the opportunity to be involved in full time football, training everyday and the quality of coaching has allowed me to develop.

“I am fitter, stronger and quicker than I have ever been and have developed a better understanding of the game and my position of being a front man. I would like to thank all the coaches at SFF and hope I can do them proud in the next step in my career.”

Director of football George Mackie added: “I truly believe Coventry City have just signed a player who will go a long way in the game. He is a quick, physical, hardworking. skilful striker who loves to score goals. From day one Jordan has shown a desire to be a professional footballer. His day to day conduct has been exemplary and he’s a very focussed individual who has now got his reward. We are so proud of him.”

Whilst on trial at Coventry City Jordan scored against Charlton (2), Barnsley and Lincoln City.