At 17, Jordan Storey wasn’t sure where his career would take him, playing in the Dorset League and studying a BTEC in Sport at college.
Fast forward four years and Jordan has scored in the EFL, played at Wembley an
d made his Championship debut. He admits it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind.
“I was a late developer to be honest,” said the Yeovil-born defender, who signed for PNE in the summer.
“It was hard growing up as, in the area I lived in, Yeovil didn’t have an academy at the time. The only other closer teams were Bristol or Bournemouth which were over an hour away so it was hard for me really.
“I had always played football. My mum took me to my first local session from the age of four or five and I always enjoyed it. It’s always been my main hobby and I have never ventured into any other sport.
“I did do athletics, but never got the same buzz from it as from playing football so I stuck with football.
“I was playing in the Dorset League which wasn’t a really a high standard but, aged 15, I was playing men’s football.
“It wasn’t until I was 17/18 that I signed for Exeter, I joined as a second-year scholar and was quite a late developer.
“I was at college doing a BTEC in Sport, I had no idea what I was going to do, I was just thankful football came along at that time.
“My dad always believed in me, he thought I would make it, and a few coaches believed in me, and it was nice for someone to have that belief in me.
“When I signed for Exeter I was 18, it was great as, having played men’s football since I was 15, it stood me in good stead. League Two is a physical league and I think it really benefited me.”
There’s loads more from Jordan in Wednesday’s edition of The One And Only, as he discusses his short career so far, his experience at Wembley and his hopes and aspirations for the future.
He is one of many interviews packed into this midweek edition of the matchday programme, including Alan Browne, Tom Barkhuizen, Alan McCormack, Callum Robinson, Tom Clarke, David Eyres and more.
Make sure you pick up your copy of the 100-page edition of The One And Only for just £3, on sale from Wednesday afternoon from the club’s Sir Tom Finney Stand ticket office, or from our sellers inside and outside the stadium on matchday.