Jordan Stewart deal in limbo as Swindon Town chairman Lee Power hits out

Glentoran's Jordan Stewart
Glentoran's Jordan Stewart

Jordan Stewart’s proposed move to Swindon Town remained up in the air on Wednesday night.

Glentoran settled on a fee with The Robins – believed to be in the region of £55,000 – for the sale of their 20-year-old star on Monday night.

Despite progress being made on a potential move, discussions surrounding a sell-on clause have yet to be agreed.

Relations between the two clubs appeared strained on Wednesday when Swindon chairman Lee Power claimed the proposed signing of Stewart had “got a bit messy”.

Power – speaking to BBC Wiltshire – said he expected the player to be at Swindon at midday on Tuesday to finalise a deal.

The Robins played out a 2-2 draw with Port Vale in League One on Tuesday night, being denied the win by a last-gasp penalty from Sam Foley.

“We wanted Jordan in the squad for Tuesday, there are agents involved and every Tom, Dick and Harry,” Power said.

“To be honest with you, it got a bit messy.”

“We expected him to be here at midday on Tuesday and he’s not turned up,.

“I don’t think it’s the lad, I’m not sure about the communication between the agent and the club but it’s not very professional.”

Glentoran chairman Stephen Henderson refused to respond to Power’s comments.

The Oval chief told the News Letter: “Glentoran Football Club will continue to conduct business in a confidential and professional manner until any deal is concluded.

“We will not comment or speculate on quotes from other sources.”

Yesterday’s comments are the latest twist in the ongoing Stewart/Swindon transfer saga.

Despite appearing to be closing in on a deal at the weekend, the move appeared off on Monday morning when Swindon withdrew their interest.

Negotiations were reignited on Monday night when a fee was settled – but talks over contractual add-ons have yet to be agreed.

Meanwhile, Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson is preparing for Saturday’s game against Warrenpoint Town without Stewart.

“I don’t know how things will pan out but I am approaching Saturday’s game as if Jordan is away,” Patterson said.

“I have a game to concentrate on in the Premiership and that is my primary focus at the minute.”