Small town boy, big time dreams

 

Wurtulla local Jordan Thurtell is a solid prospect between the sticks for Australian football. Photo: Mike Ricketts

By Brayden Yates

As kids, everyone has their big-time dreams. Whether it’s to become an astronaut, movie star, prime minister, or maybe even a football star. Not everyone fulfils those dreams, but for those who do, it’s a dream come true. Jordan Thurtell is currently living his dream, and he’s loving every moment of it.

The budding superstar, who hails out of Wurtulla on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is earmarked by many good judges as a future Socceroos prospect. From a young age Jordan has excelled at the game of football. Playing exclusively as a goalkeeper, Jordan’s skillsets have continued to grow as a result of being selected in multiple state teams, then moving onto the Australian Institute of Sport and subsequently signing a senior contract with Hyundai A-League club Perth Glory. He has since moved on from Perth, but is continuing his development with his current team Moreton Bay United. But the proof of 21-year-old’s immense talent lies in his representative honours: since the age of 12, Jordan has been selected for every Australian representative side for his age group.

“Having played for pretty much every national team I could has been a great achievement of mine, and the only team I haven’t been involved with is the Socceroos and I’d love to achieve that one day,” Jordan says.

“Being contracted to an A-league club was a great experience, I developed my game massively and made memories that will last a life time.”

Football is very much a family affair for Jordan as well, having been introduced to the game by his father and then also being able to see his brother make a very successful run into the last 16 of the FFA Cup with the Bentleigh Greens, with Jordan himself also through to the round of 16 with Moreton Bay United.

“I fell in love with soccer because my dad and my brother both play,” Jordan says. “It would be a weird experience to play against him [his brother] in the [FFA] Cup but one I think we both would enjoy, but not so much our mum. There’s still a chance of it happening if both of us can get through the next round.”

Once Jordan signed his first professional contract with Perth Glory, things really started to look up for the young star. Being able to rub shoulders with players in the calibre of Diego Castro, while simultaneously playing alongside other young Australian starlets such as Adam Taggart was things that dreams are made of.

 “The emotions were great when I signed my first contract with Perth. I had been talking to a few clubs but they were only offering youth contracts and when Perth offered me a first team contract it was my dream becoming a reality,” Jordan says. “Training with Diego Castro in Perth was amazing. I’ve trained with some great players over the years, but I would still say to anybody that has asked me, that he is by far the best. He was just a level above.”

Although Jordan may not currently be with an A-League club, he is more than content with his career’s trajectory, and like any aspiring Australian football player, he has a goal of making it overseas one day.

 “Cracking back into an A-league club is the goal and hopefully something I achieve soon,” Jordan says. “Playing abroad is also something I’ve always dreamed of and I would love to do one day.”

 The talented young goalkeeper has a firm grasp on what lies ahead though, and Jordan is more than content with where he sits at the moment on his career path.

 “I’m proud of what I have achieved so far in my career but I feel like I still have a lot more to offer and hopefully can better myself and go further in the game,” Jordan says. “There are a few options for me out there. Choosing what I think would be the best one is where I’m at right now. Hopefully I will decide in the near future and see from there.”

Still at the tender age of 21, and knowing full well that a goalkeeper’s career usually lasts much longer than those of his fellow teammates, Jordan is happily riding out this chapter in his career until the right opportunity comes along, ‘happily’ being an understatement, because as Jordan will tell you The Beautiful Game is one like no other.

 “Playing the game, the emotions are hard to describe. The amazing highs when you win, and lows when you lose. It’s something you can’t recreate,” Jordan says.

For now, Jordan is living off the love for this game, and as devotees know, it’s a love that can’t be manufactured.

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