Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Dan Bradley has told the Non-League Paper that his dad predicted Jordan Pickfordâs England future as a teenager.
Pickford spent time on loan at Darlington, Alfreton, Burton, Carlisle, Bradford and Preston North End during a busy four-year period, but it was at Alfreton where the goalkeeper caught Bradleyâs eye.
âFor a young kid, he had a real presence,â he said.
âWe were struggling a little bit at the time and he transformed our season.
âI remember my old man said, âIâd love to have a bet on him playing for Englandâ. His kicking was ridiculous, honestly. He would get the ball and hit this half-volley that would put us on the attack straightaway. He was absolutely brilliant.â
Former Darlington boss Craig Liddle also remembers Jordan fondly.
âHe made his debut in front of about 7,000 people against Fleetwood,â he said.
âJamie Vardy was meant to be in the Fleetwood team, but I think he pulled out injured. We lost 1-0, but about ten minutes into the game, I remember Jordan piling through a crowd of players to catch a corner. I thought, âYouâll do for meâ.
âHe made mistakes, but youâve got to expect that from a young keeper. The most impressive thing was the way in which he didnât let the odd mistake bother him. He had confidence in his own ability, and that was impressive in someone so young.â