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Swindon Town offer Pro contract to amateur player

Jordan Pavett and Danny Wilson
Jordan was personally selected by STFC manager Danny Wilson

An amateur footballer has been offered a professional contract with Swindon Town Football Club.

Jordan Pavett, 19, from Maldon in Essex, was one of three finalists in a national competition run by Samsung.

Some 3,000 budding young footballers originally entered the competition to win a year-long contract with the club.

That number was whittled down to 22, who then played in the final where the final three were selected.

The three - Jordan, George Nash, 18, from Chippenham and 19-year-old Tyler Campbell from Enfield, trained at Swindon's County Ground for a week until the winner of the contract was chosen by Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson.

"He Simon Cowelled me"

After hearing he had won, Jordan said: "I'm over the moon.

"I was watching the Manchester United game over the weekend and I got a call from an unknown number and it was Danny Wilson.

It's what the English games need - the clubs to take a chance on young kids and for us to show them what we can do
Jordan Pavett

"He was talking on the phone and he Simon Cowelled me! He gave this really negative speech then he broke the good news to me.

"I was just so happy. It was just one big relief."

Talking about the privilege of being given the chance to play for Swindon, Jordan said: "Kids my age are being released by clubs at a really young age and we're not getting the chance to show what we can do.

"So Danny Wilson is taking a chance on something good here.

"And it's what the English games need - the clubs to take a chance on young kids and for us to show them what we can do."

First appearance

Jordan, who has spent time at Colchester United, is currently a plumber with his dad's firm.

Swindon boss Danny Wilson said: "Jordan's got a little bit about him on and off the pitch which I think we may just be able to nurture.

"He's a very, very clever player. He receives the ball well and is a strong boy.

Pavett will be presented to fans at The County Ground at half time during Town's match against Exeter City on Saturday, January 29.

He will join Wilson's first-team squad on a 12-month contract, and wear the No. 33 shirt.




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