Coventry City have announced, via the club website, the signing of 39-goal 17-year-old Jordan Ponticelli.

The youngster, who had been on trial at the club in recent weeks, was snapped up from Gordan Strachan’s Rugby-basedfootball foundation.

Ponticelli’s signing was announced by the Coventry Telegraph back on April 26, who said then that the Sky Blues had beaten off interest from “two Premier League clubs, two Championship clubs and another League One side.”

Highly-rated at the Strachan Football Foundation, Ponticelli came with a glowing recommendation from their Director of Football George Mackie who said:

“He is a quick, physical, hard-working and 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 from the classroom to the training ground to match days.”

“Jordan is a very focussed individual and has now got his reward we are so proud of him. We gave him opportunities at numerous clubs and five clubs were offering Jordan a contract and we are delighted he has chosen Coventry City. We got him the opportunities and he has made an excellent choice in signing for the Sky Blues.”

Ponticelli, scorer of 39 goals over 37 games this season, also scored four times whilst on trial at Coventry, including two against Charlton – one of which is featured in the above Tweet.

Academy Manager Rich Stevens is also glad to have gotten his man commenting that: “We’ve got good links with the Strachan Foundation and we’ve been able to pick up a boy called Jordan Ponticelli who has really impressed us during his time on trial,” Stevens explains.

“We had him in for a week and he did so well for us during that week that we wanted to keep him around. It all went mad then as seven or eight clubs wanted him, big clubs as well, but Jordan’s a local lad and wanted to sign for us which is great news.”
Coventry say that the prolific striker will join their youth ranks as a second-year scholar for the Under-18 and Under-21 sides.

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