Glentoran’s Jordan Stewart on Peterborough radar

Glentoran's  Jordan Stewart (centre) celebrates scoring against Linfield
Glentoran's Jordan Stewart (centre) celebrates scoring against Linfield

Glentoran kid Jordan Stewart is off on trial to Peterborough United next week.

The 18-year-old has been on the radar of the London Road club for some time and will go under the microscope of Posh manager Darren Ferguson when the Irish League season ends on Saturday.

Stewart harden his bid to land a full-time contract by scoring in Tuesday’s Big Two clash against rivals Linfield at Windsor Park.

He formed a deadly partnership with another Glentoran young gun, Danny McKee, to sour David Jeffrey’s final home game in charge of the Blues.

“Jordan is a great kid and still has an awful lot to learn,” said Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson. “He goes over to England next week on trial to Peterborough.

“Fingers cross, it will work out for him -- he’s looking forward to it.

“We didn’t play him at Solitude a few weeks back because he received word that the trial offer was off. His head just wasn’t right, so we left him out.

“He’s came on from the bench in the past two games against Crusaders and Linfield and made a big impact in both games.

“Jordan is a big player for us. Peterborough have since came back to us and the trial is back on. If he doesn’t make it across the water, he’s a massive part off my plans as long as I’m in charge.

“He is a quality kid. It was great to him to score against the Blues because his granddad was in the crowd . . . Phil Scott, the former Linfield player form the 1970s, was in the crowd.”

Patterson also hailed the contribution of rookie striker McKee, adding: .

“He was with our academy, but came back to us from Bangor Amateurs, where he hoped to gain a bit of experience,” he added.

“We got him back in January and over the course of the past few months he has been given his chance -- and he has grabbed it with both hands.

“He is still very raw. We have still a bit off work to do with him, but he is one for the future. He took his goal superbly well . . . he was very composed.

Danny has got that little bit off pace that we have been missing since Andy (Waterworth) moved to Linfield.”

Glentoran’s defeat of title chasing Linfield was even more remarkable due to the fact the his squad was missing no fewer than SEVEN regulars.

“We had to play the kids, but it’s the way forward for us -- that’s the way we have to go,” said Patterson.

“It would help if we could get a few experienced heads in over the summer to help them mature.

“We were already depleted for Saturday’s game against Crusaders, with Jay Magee, Mark Clarke and Calum Birney out injured, joining our long term casualties, David Howland and Marcus Kane.

“We then lost Aaron Boyd to an ankle injury while Curtis Allen was suspended after being sent off against the Crues. To make matters worse, Willie Garrett couldn’t get off work.

“We were a little bit fearful ahead of the Linfield match because our team was so inexperienced. But little things are beginning to click into place, reflected in our win over Crusaders. We were deserved 3-0 winners -- in fact it could have been four or five.

“So the performance against Linfield was really pleasing.”

Patterson is hoping to agree details of a new contract over the next few days.

“I’m waiting on a few things coming back from the club,” he added. “A contract has been offered, but I’ve put a few proposals to the board, so I’m waiting on them coming back to me.”