Jordan Hugill

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Jordan Hugill
Personal information
Full name Jordan Hugill
Date of birth (1992-06-04) 4 June 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Seaham Red Star
2009–2010 Consett
2011–2012 Whitby Town
2012–2013 Marske United (10)
2013–2014 Port Vale 20 (4)
2013 Gateshead (loan) 7 (5)
2014– Preston North End 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 17 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jordan Hugill (born 4 June 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for League One side Preston North End.

A relative late comer to the professional game, he had spells with non-league sides Seaham Red Star, Consett, Whitby Town and Marske United, and also spent time at the Glenn Hoddle Academy. He was signed by Port Vale in June 2013, and made his debut for the club four months later following a productive loan spell at Gateshead. He signed with Preston North End in June 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hugill attended George Smith's academy in Hemlington from the age of nine.[1] He began his career with Northern League club Seaham Red Star at the age of 16, and was due to go on trial at Sunderland before he was struck down with an ankle injury in September 2009.[2] He later moved on to Consett, but left his contract in August 2010 to spend two years at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain.[1][3]

He signed with Whitby Town in December 2011 and scored in his debut game against Nantwich Town, only to damage his anterior cruciate ligament later in the match and spend the next ten months out injured.[3] He joined Marske United in October 2012 initially on loan so as to regain match fitness.[3] His last appearance for Marske came in the final of the North Riding Senior Cup, where they were beaten 3–0 by Pickering Town.[4] During his time at the club he worked as a barman at the Dickens Inn in Middlesbrough.[5]

Port Vale[edit]

Hugill signed with League One club Port Vale in June 2013.[6] He was loaned out to Gateshead of the Conference Premier on 20 September 2013.[7] "Tynesiders" boss Gary Mills stated that Hugill was a "talented... goalscorer" and put him in the starting line-up for the next match.[8] He scored his first goal for the club on 24 September in a 3–2 win over Chester at the Gateshead International Stadium.[9] He finished his loan spell with five goals in four starts and three substitute appearances.

He made his debut for the "Valiants" on 22 October, and played the first 75 minutes of a 3–0 victory over Crawley Town.[10] He performed well on his debut, justifying his manager's surprise decision to play him alongside fellow Glenn Hoddle Academy graduate Ben Williamson in place of established strikers Tom Pope and Lee Hughes.[11]

"First of all you have to say well done to our chief scout, George Foster, who spotted his potential playing in non-league. We had him with us last season and the one thing he struggled with was his fitness. Pre-season was a struggle for him as well. He is a big old boy, not used to a professional pre-season, but is one of those lads that never gives up. You ask him to pull out of things and he doesn't want to do that."

—Port Vale manager Micky Adams describing Hugill in October 2013.[12]

He scored his first Football League goal on 16 November, scoring the final goal of a 3–1 victory over Shrewsbury Town at Vale Park; after the match Adams said that the club had "unearthed a gem" in Hugill.[13] Hugill continued to turn out for the first team, but admitted that he needed to work on his fitness to play a full ninety minutes of professional football.[14] At the end of the 2013–14 campaign he was named as the club's Young Player of the Year, and also featured in Vale's Staffordshire Senior Cup final defeat to Rushall Olympic.[15][16] However in the summer Micky Adams confirmed that Hugill had rejected the club's offer of a new contract, and stated: "It is disappointing... we spent a lot of time and effort with Jordan last season, but we will have to accept it."[17]

Preston North End[edit]

Hugill signed a two-year contract with League One club Preston North End in June 2014, who paid Port Vale an undisclosed fee; manager Simon Grayson stated that "he's young, he's raring to go, hungry, he's a strong, powerful player, and he's got many attributes that will help us along the way this season and complement the squad well".[18] He had an eventful match after coming on for Andrew Little as a 20th minute substitute at Walsall on 13 September; he provided an assist for Joe Garner before getting sent off for clashing with opposition defender Andy Butler, he also picked up an injury in the game that required surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines.[19]

Style of play[edit]

Hugill has great strength and is able to out-muscle opposition defenders.[20]

Statistics[edit]

As of 17 September 2014
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[21] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013–14[22] Port Vale League One 20 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 24 5
Total 20 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 24 5
2013–14[22] Gateshead (loan) Conference Premier 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5
Total 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5
2014–15[23] Preston North End League One 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 6 2
Total 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 6 2
Career total 30 9 4 1 2 1 1 1 37 12

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Marske United
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Woodcock, Laura (19 August 2010). "Jordan's off to train in Spain; ...with Glenn Hoddle!". Evening Gazette. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hugill injury blow for Red Star". Sunderland Echo. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Marske United Make 2 New Signings". marskeunitedfc.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Steel, Adam (1 May 2013). "Cup final loss is story of Marske United's season". gazettelive.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jordan Hugill determined to be a star". The Sentinel. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Port Vale complete Chris Robertson and Gavin Tomlin deals". BBC Sport. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Baggaley, Mike (20 September 2013). "Vale striker joins Gateshead". The Sentinel. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Bowron, Jeff. "Gateshead Bring in Rams And Vale Pair". gateshead-fc.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gateshead 3 – 2 Chester". BBC Sport. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Crawley 0 – 3 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Baggaley, Michael (23 October 2013). "Match report: Crawley Town 0, Port Vale 3". The Sentinel. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Micky Adams salutes Port Vale heroes after Crawley win". The Sentinel. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Baggaley, Mike (16 November 2013). "Adams says Hugill is the real deal". The Sentinel. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Jordan Hugill determined to become Micky Adams' 90-minute man". The Sentinel. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Baggaley, Michael (30 April 2014). "Port Vale lose Staffs Senior Cup final to Rushall". The Sentinel. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Baggaley, Mike (5 May 2014). "Tom Pope named Port Vale player of the year". The Sentinel. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Port Vale set to lose Jordan Hugill". t. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jordan Hugill: Preston North End sign Port Vale striker". BBC Sport. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "PNE striker undergoes knee surgery". Lancashire Evening Post. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Ice-cool striker Jordan Hugill gives manager Micky Adams food for thought". The Sentinel. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Jordan Hugill in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Jordan Hugill in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

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