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Glenn Hoddle Academy graduate hoping to shoot Newcastle down

5 years ago

A graduate of the Glenn Hoddle Academy, Jordan Hugill has an added incentive to beat Newcastle tomorrow.

Preston’s top striker this season is from Middlesbrough originally and has a number of friends from Newcastle, who he would love to put one over.

Like most of Preston’s first team, Jordan Hugill sat out the Tuesday night demolition job but it is looking forward to what should be a brilliant atmosphere at Deepdale, with Newcastle having quickly sold out the 5,600 allocation.

Life in the Championship is an eye opener in many ways for Newcastle fans, with many opposition players having a story to tell.

Jordan Hugill started at Seaham Red Star and had a trial set up at Sunderland, only for injury to strike and instead he next moved on to Consett.

Still hoping to fulfil his dream of professional football, the striker was accepted at the Glenn Hoddle Academy based in Spain, the Academy having the  main objective of getting former Premier League and Football League Championship scholars back into professional football after having being released by their various clubs.

Jordan Hugill is one of the Glenn Hoddle success stories, eventually signed up by Port Vale and then Preston in summer 2014, although he has also had spells both permanently and on loan at the likes of Gateshead, Whitby, Marske and Hartlepool.

Still only 24, Hugill managed 32 appearances for Preston last season, mainly as a substitute, before this season becoming established in the first team and featuring in all but one of their 14 Championship matches.

A great example for young players that they should never give up working towards their dreams.

Like many of Newcastle’s opponents this season, Jordan Hugill is a bit of an unknown quantity to Newcastle fans, but after scoring against the likes of Brighton and Villa in recent weeks he is a player that Jamaal Lascelles and his defence will have to watch out for.

Jordan Hugill:

“I am really looking forward to it, being a Middlesbrough fan I would love the opportunity to play against Newcastle.

A few people that I know are Geordies, so it would be nice to get one over on them.

“There will be a good following there from us and them as well, so it should be a good atmosphere and something good to play in.

“It’s always good when two games come around quickly because regardless of the result, you can put things right when the next game comes around quickly.

“It will be a great opportunity to play in front of a packed out stadium with a great atmosphere.

“At the end of the day it’s up to the gaffer who he plays and hopefully I have done enough so far in my stint in the team to keep the shirt.

“I’ve always been confident this year, I came into the team and I’ve done well and scored goals and I want to carry on progressing, improving and keep scoring goals and going from there. 

“I said to the gaffer that when I get my chance I’m going to keep it, I feel I have done well with the chance that I was given and the shirt is hopefully mine to lose now.

“I’ve just got to keep hold of it and do what I can to stay in that team.”


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