NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Eynesbury Rovers talent Jordan Brown bidding to earn a professional deal with League Two club Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 16:04 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 23 June 2017
Eynesbury Rovers ace Jordan Brown is determined to turn his footballing dream into a reality.
The teenage talent could be set to swap the United Counties League for the Football League after being summoned to pre-season training at Stevenage.
Brown impressed the League Two club’s coaching staff during a two-week trial in May and will now attempt to earn a permanent deal at the Lamex Stadium.
The 19 year-old shot to the attention of Stevenage while starring for Eynesbury Rovers at Step 5 of the non-league system last term.
“The main aim is to go there and try to get a contract,” said Brown, who is based in St Neots. “All I’ve ever wanted to do is make a living from football and this is a chance to do it.
“I’ve got to go to Stevenage with the belief that I can do well. If I’m not confident in my own ability, there would be no point in going.”
Brown spent two years as a scholar at Cambridge United only to be released without the offer of a professional deal.
He moved into the non-league game with St Neots Town initially, but made the short switch to Eynesbury after failing to earn regular football.
And the move last September could hardly have worked out any better. He hit 16 goals to help Mark Ducket’s men to a second successive top-six finish in the UCL Premier Division and was part of the side that caused a major shock by beating the higher-level Saints to lift the Hunts Senior Cup.
“Winning the county cup was the pinnacle of the season for me,” added Brown. “A lot of people wrote us off beforehand and didn’t think we could win it, but we knew we had the quality to cause an upset.
“I didn’t have a good time at St Neots. The jump from academy football to men’s football is quite big and it was hard to adjust initially.
“I started most games on the bench and I don’t think that the people in charge at the time had a lot of faith in me.
“When ‘Ducks’ explained his plans for me and the team at Eynesbury, I really wanted to get on board. I can’t speak highly enough of everyone at the club, from the committee right down to the staff and players.
“They’ve all been absolutely brilliant to me and have really helped me improve.”
Brown is currently studying for a sports science degree from the University of Bedfordshire, but if his football dream becomes reality he may not be returning to the lecture room in September.
* Eynesbury Rovers are staging open trials for next season’s Under 14 and Under 17 teams at Hall Road, on Tuesday (7pm to 8.30pm).