Jordan Preston: Back in the North East, joining Spennymoor & future ambitions

Former Gateshead forward Jordan Preston became the latest addition to Moors’ squad under the new management, as Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley continue to mold their new look, triple pronged frontline. The creative attacker has complimented his forward partners well so far, with the terrorising trio of Glen Taylor, Jordan Thewlis and Jordan Preston causing all sorts of trouble to any defenders that have stood in their way.

Following a frustrating time at fellow National League North side Boston United, Preston made the decision to return to the North East following limited game time at The Pilgrims.

The forward spent one full season with National League side Gateshead when he arrived on Tyneside six-years ago.

Preston’s technical ability is of the highest level which he has already shown early on for Moors in his first three starts for the club. On his debut against Farsley Celtic, the 26-year-old pulled the strings in Spennymoor’s lethal counter-attacks as they ran out 2-1 winners in the end.

The slick front-man hasn’t found the net for his new club, but by playing to his strengths and becoming a provider for the likes of Thewlis and Taylor, Preston has already became a vital asset to the team.

Preston said: “I’m really looking forward to getting properly into it because I love it up here having been in the North-East with Gateshead in previous years.

“The playing style of Spennymoor suits me down to the ground, I had limited chances at Boston this
year and I felt hard done following some good performances, but hopefully I hit the ground running here.

“I like to create a lot of chances by sitting in behind the striker, and I also want to chip in with a few extra goals to help the team too.”

Preston reached his highest goal tally when playing across the border in his native Scotland, as the forward found the net 14 times in 2015/16 when he played for Ayr United in Division One.

At the end of that season, he joined Guiseley in The National League before moving onto Gateshead and then Halifax Town. Over the three seasons he managed 121 league appearances in a division higher than Spennymoor’s current level.

He said: “I think having experience in the higher divisions could be the key to promotion as we head into the latter parts of the season, with many of the other lads in the squad also playing at a higher level previously.

“Hopefully we can finish this season strong and reach the play-offs, but if we do not reach the play-offs this season, we must go again next year with the same objective.”

Despite struggling to be tied down at a club for more than one season, Preston seems to have settled
in quickly with his new teammates in County Durham, with many playing alongside their new man at previous clubs.

He said: “I didn’t play against Spennymoor very much previously, but I knew some of the lads from
when I was playing with Gateshead. I knew this place was a hard place to come, they’ve done incredibly well at this level and that was another factor in me signing for the club.”

“It’s been easy to settle in now that I’m a bit older and the fact that I know a lot of lads from
previous clubs.”

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