Swindon Town have confirmed on their official website that Glentoran forward Jordan Stewart is their latest signing for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £50,000. The 20-year-old signs on a two-year deal with a one-year extension option.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international hasn’t received international clearance in time for him to be involved for tomorrow’s trip to Southend United. Therefore next weekend’s home clash with Sheffield United, a repeat of last season’s play-off semi-final, could be when he makes his debut. Chairman Lee Power recently told the BBC how the transfer deal had become ‘a bit messy’ and there were concerns the deal wouldn’t go ahead. However Stewart told Swindon’s official website how pleased he is to finally put pen to paper,
“It feels great to be here. I looked out there, the pitch is quality and it’s a lovely ground so I’m definitely excited to get started. I’d like to wish Glentoran all the best but it’s time for me to move on and I’m happy to be at Swindon now. I can’t wait to get out there, start training, force me way into the team and take it from there.”
Stewart earlier this month did become something of a social media phenomenon for a brief period after his long range strike against Crusaders went viral.
The attacking midfielder said he was aware of the attention he was receiving and was a little flattered by it all,
“There’s quite a few that went over the bar that aren’t on YouTube! Hopefully I’ll get a couple more (goals) for Swindon. I’m a very attacking player. I like to be on the ball a lot and make things happen. I wouldn’t say I lack confidence.”
Manager Mark Cooper will be delighted to now call upon Stewart after previously expressing his desire to boost his forward line. With Jermaine Hylton out for two months with a fractured collarbone, Jon Obika struggling with fitness and injury plus the future of Michael Smith being unclear, the club are still hoping to add one more striker to provide them with greater depth.