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Jordan Thorniley : Success story

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The 2017/18 campaign has seen huge strides made by Jordan Thorniley.

 

In terms of first team experience, the defender has made significant progress and learned lessons that will stand him in excellent stead moving forward.

 

First up, a loan move to League Two side Accrington kick-started his season in September, where he made 17 appearances for the promotion hopefuls.

 

The 21-year-old returned to Hillsborough in January and made his senior bow for the Owls in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Cardiff.

 

Delighted with his progress, Thorniley told the Owls’ official website:

“I was happy with how I played, you obviously have nerves going into a game like that, the first time playing in front of over 20,000 supporters, but I enjoyed it.

 

“I took a lot from my time at Accrington, for the most part while I was there we were competing in the top three and every week you are fighting for three points, a lot of responsibility, you want to please the fans, you want to be up there in the table.

 

“In the Cardiff game I felt like I grew more and more into the game and gained confidence as it went on.

 

“It felt great, this is what you work and train hard for every day. I think I did the manager proud, he put his faith in me.”

 

He added: “The manager took me to one side in the hotel before the game and told me I had earned the chance, to go out there and enjoy it and play my game.

 

“He’s given a lot of confidence to me and the other Under-23 boys. You know he is watching every day in training and if there are injuries in the team, you could be called up at any time.”

 

And following his debut on Saturday, the former Everton defender has thanked Owls fans for their kind words on social media, adding:

 

“I want to thank the Wednesday supporters for their kind words to me after the game.

 

“I tried to favourite a lot of the messages on Twitter but there were so many. It can be nervy, you want to impress but the fans were different class with me.”

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Breath of fresh air reading that. All of a sudden there's a massive incentive for these kids.

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his dads an ex rugby league player, used to play for Warrington and Widnes in the early to mid nineties.  

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He looked very assured, a couple of small times he showed a little lack of experience but a great story and looks like he could be a very solid player. Well done Jos for playing him. lol

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We want to see young hungry players with a desire to improve with the reward of a route to the first team earned on merit not because their face fits but because they are good enough.

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Hopefully it’ll spurr the other under 23s on to do better as now they know they have a chance at getting in the first team compared to before.

 

good on the lad and it’s resheshing to see us use our youth system correctly finally :luhukay:

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We have to have a good crop of youngsters on the verge of the first team. Good to see.

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Word of advice Jordan...........keep off social media.

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17 minutes ago, longreach said:

Word of advice Jordan...........keep off social media.

Yea and never ever come on here

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He did ok................thought O Grady looked better with the ball at his feet albeit against weaker opposition.

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He played very well but it's one game FFS!  Why do we Owls get so carried away?  Hopefully he can keep it up though.

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It's refreshing to see a manager come in and utilise the U23s in the first team, not just wear away the first team and occasionally have them guest on the u23s. It has provided us with valuable options while having so many injuries.

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He added: “The manager took me to one side in the hotel before the game and told me I had earned the chance, to go out there and enjoy it and play my game."

 

Well no wonder we're running out of cash. :ghoulguy: lol

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He did well and didn't look a weaklink apart from he got caught on the ball twice in the first half. Decent performance but I don't think he is ready to be a first team regular yet but one for next season and possible bench role for the rest of this season.

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I see a lot of 'finally good use of the youth system' when in reality at this point last year or even at the beginning of the season none of these players had first team experience. Clare and Thorniley doing well on loan has proved they can come in and help the first team and that process had been well in motion before Jos. 

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  The youth finally have a prize to work towards . Can't be much of an incentive knowing no matter your ability or application you'd have to play like Ronaldo permanently to even get a place on the bench . 

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5 hours ago, Kagoshimaowl said:

He played very well but it's one game FFS!  Why do we Owls get so carried away?  Hopefully he can keep it up though.

 

 

  Not really carried away just praise for a job well done to someone who until jos came in wouldn't have had a chance . 

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