Jordan has potential
Hereford United manager Graham Turner has spoken to BBC Hereford & Worcester about his first signing for next season, Jordan King.
"We've signed a young boy, Jordan King, from Telford. I saw Jordan play in the season before last, 18/19 years of age, and I thought he looked very impressive.
"He played against us at Edgar Street and I thought he had a good game. And then I saw him four or five times last season and I think he was the victim of the club going part-time. He did not quite look so sharp and did not have that same dominating role in midfield than he did the previous season.
"He did have a couple of weeks with Everton training so other people have looked at him and admired his ability. At twenty years of age, he has got a lot of potential. He is a very aggressive midfield player, sometimes to the point that aggression oversteps the mark but we can cure that. And I think we have a player with plenty of potential who can come and maybe force a place in the side and go on from there.
"I am pleased with that signing. I think that not the turmoil at Telford but the changeover at Telford, changing manager, changing staff over there, has led to the point where a young player, twenty years old has not been offered a new contract. Under the Bosman ruling we would have had to pay a fee for him had they done it right.
"So I think we have nipped in there and pinched what I think is a very good prospect. Obviously I have got close ties with Jake (his father and ex-Telford manager) but he did not recommend his son to me. I think it is what I have seen with my own eyes over two seasons and seen plenty of him. I think there is potential for him to get far, far better than Conference."
Talking about the deal, Turner continued: "It's a one season deal. What we have done with him is that we will review the contract in January. If he is going well then we will start talking again about perhaps lengthening the contract. He has got an opportunity to come full-time. He has got an opportunity to work with good people, with a good young squad of players around him and I think he will improve dramatically over what he showed last season."
Turner also confirmed that he had been talking to an un-named striker. "If we can get a striker that can get us twenty goals plus a season then we will be well on our way," he said. "Somebody with a proven goal-scoring record at Conference or higher is top of the list."