Jordan Stewart won’t be leaving Glentoran ‘on the cheap’ insists chairman Stephen Henderson

Glens winger Jordan Stewart
Glens winger Jordan Stewart

Chairman Stephen Henderson insists Glentoran will not let Jordan Stewart leave on the cheap this summer.

Speculation continues to mount over the 20-year-old’s future with a number of clubs across the water showing an interest in the winger.

Barnsley are the latest club to join the race for Stewart, with the English League One side believed to have tabled a bid in the region of £25,000 for the player.

Glens chairman Henderson says his club remains realistic in terms of an asking price for Stewart, but insists there is “no fire sale” at The Oval.

“Barnsley tabled a bid before the home game against Zilina in the Europa League, which was rejected. There has been nothing since then,” Henderson said.

“Their chief executive said he would go back and speak with the club’s owner, so that is how it was left.

“Glentoran has to consider a lot of things when contemplating selling a player of Jordan’s quality. It isn’t a case of selling him and then just finding a like-for-like replacement. We will lose a quality player from our squad, and he will be very difficult to replace.

“How many players of Jordan’s quality are available, and at his age?

“Obviously Barnsley want to get the player for the best price, but there is no fire sale on at Glentoran. People think that with our well-documented financial issues that we will just sell our best players at any price.

“The figure of £25,000 would fall significantly below our expectation.

“Last season we let Jordan go on trial with Peterborough, Stoke and Middlesbrough, and he came back battered and bruised. People here restored his confidence and got him back on track.

“Jordan signed a long-term deal with us because we believed in him. Players of Jordan’s ability don’t come around too often. Other players like Gavin Whyte and Stuart Dallas, there aren’t too many of them around.

“So while we will be realistic with Jordan’s valuation, we won’t be selling him on the cheap.”