Defender Jordan Downing has agreed terms on his first senior contract with Stockport County.
The 6’4 centre-half has impressed everyone at Edgeley Park after coming through the ranks of County’s Academy to earn his first deal.
Manager Jim Gannon said: “It’s great to see another young player from the Academy earn a professional contract. Jordan has all the attributes to become a success at our level. For a central defender he has the key physical and defensive requirements. He is tall but technically good in the air. He’s also a ‘front foot’ defender who anticipates and times challenges well with the right aggression to win the ball. Jordan is also a confident footballer who displays a good range of control and passing skills.
“His display in the final under-21 game versus Goole Town highlighted his, and many of our young players’ strengths. Jordan scored another trademark goal from a corner, the team kept another clean sheet, and the mixture of football from short sharp passing to long accurate penetrative balls showed that the players are learning how to be effective and ruthless in their game.
“There’s a lot of ability and further development potential in our third year group, and I am committed to keeping them as part of our future structures to help them develop further. I’ve always said that youth is the lifeblood of our future, and there are many examples from our recent past of the part that our young players can play in our future growth. The challenge is there for Jordan to follow in the footsteps of Ashley Williams, Michael Raynes, Josh Thompson and James Tunnicliffe who all started their league careers as teenagers at Edgeley Park.”