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19. Jordan PONTICELLI

On loan from Coventry City

Position: Forward

Signed (From): 2019 (Coventry City)

Debut: vs. Rochdale (03/08/19)

Former Clubs: Macclesfield Town (loan), Coventry City

TRFC Achievements: N/A

Born in Nuneaton, Jordan came into football via unconventional means.

He signed to study with Strachan Football Foundation in 2014, before becoming a full-time student at the former Scotland and Celtic manager's foundation in 2015. He quickly developed a positive reputation having scored a phenomenal 39 goals in 37 appearances, and after various trials, he was snapped up by League One Coventry City in May 2016.

17-year-old Ponticelli signed a 2-year contract with the Sky Blues, joining the Under-18 and Under-21 teams for the 2016-17 season.

With the senior team relegated to League Two for the 2017-18 campaign, Jordan was given regular first-team football during the second season of his initial contract. He made his professional debut in a 1-3 League Cup defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 8th August 2017 and signed a new 4-year contract on 22nd September 2017, keeping him at Coventry until 2021 with an option of a further year if required.

He started to repay this faith and loyalty by scoring his first senior goal in a 2-2 EFL Trophy draw at Walsall on 3rd October 2017.

In all competitions, Jordan scored 6 goals in 26 appearances as Coventry reached, and won, the 2018 League Two play-offs to return to League One at the first opportunity. Ponticelli played in both legs of the semi-finals and the final itself to earn a promotion in his first year as a senior player.

The following season, he joined League Two Macclesfield Town on a season-long loan, but broke his foot on his debut for the Moss Rose club and underwent rehabilitation with Coventry. He re-joined Macclesfield upon his recovery, but with a change in management at the Silkmen, he returned to Coventry in January 2019.

Due to his injury, Jordan was restricted to 4 appearances for Macclesfield and 6 for Coventry during 2018-19, failing to score.

Nonetheless, Tranmere manager Micky Mellon believed Ponticelli would be a valuable recruit as Rovers returned to League One for 2019-20, and he signed Jordan on loan from the Sky Blues until January 2020.

He arrived at Prenton Park on 10th July 2019.

Interesting Fact: Before signing for Coventry, Jordan was in high demand. He had trials with Hibernian, Stoke City, Doncaster Rovers and Cambridge United shortly before signing for the Sky Blues.