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Linfield are the most professional club I've played at, says new boy Stewart

By Gareth Hanna

Linfield new-boy Jordan Stewart says his current club are the 'most professional' he has been a part of.

The 22 year-old, of course, made his name when he broke into Glentoran's first team back in 2013. He went on to net 23 Danske Bank Premiership goals for the Oval club before earning a move into full-time football with Swindon Town in 2015. A frustrating spell in England yielded just one league start, during a loan spell with National League side Grimsby Town.

Stewart moved home earlier this summer and opted to sign for the Glens' bitter rivals and current double champions Linfield.

He explained just why he made that decision:

"In my eyes it's the only team you can really come to in the country at the present moment and you're not taking a step down," he said. "It's very professional. It's probably the most professional club I've been at, including my time in England. Everything's done by the book. It's brilliant. That's all part of the reason I came here."

The other draw, of course, is the chance of trophies - let's face it, it looks almost guaranteed that the Blues will earn more major silverware this season.

"There's always a confidence about the dressing room and if we don't do well, that expectation is there," said Stewart. "Sometimes the pressure can get to you but hopefully we have the mentality there that we can go well."

Being an Oval old boy at the Blues, he says, isn't something he is focusing on with the season set to get underway.

"I was fortunate enough to play for Glentoran and I did alright there," he said. "I had a lot of friends there but I'm at Linfield now. I want to really push on and hopefully do well again. I don't really think of it as Glentoran-Linfield. That doesn't really mean anything to me personally. They're two football clubs and two good football clubs. I've been fortunate enough to play for both."

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