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Jenkins hoping he can get his teenage kicks at Glenavon

 

By Graham Luney

Glenavon's teenage sensation Jordan Jenkins is hoping to produce more fireworks for the Lurgan Blues. The 17-year-old striker smashed in a brace on his first Danske Bank Premiership start last weekend as Ballymena United were swept aside 3-0.

Jenkins, who netted the winner against Crusaders in the Charity Shield last August, is hungry for more first-team action and his second-half double salvo against the Sky Blues at Mourneview Park has left him brimming with confidence.

"It was my first league start for the club and to score two goals was a brilliant feeling," said Jenkins ahead of Glenavon's trip to Coleraine tomorrow.

"It went better than I expected and although it was tough I felt I played well.

"It's been a good experience for me at Glenavon so far and I've had plenty of chances to make an impact for the first team.

"All I want is a chance to show what I can do and can contribute, hopefully by scoring goals.

"I've been scoring goals for the Reserves and the Under-17s and I'm the sort of player who will hang around in the box and take chances.

"The players and management have been very professional and encouraging. Gary (Hamilton) and the coaches have been great.

"My coach at Ashfield (Boys' School), John Spence, has also helped my game and I've become a better player by trying different types of movements.

"I hope to play in the first team on a more regular basis and if the opportunity comes, play across the water.

"I'm only 17 and have a lot to learn but I'm focusing on improving at Glenavon and showing what I can do."

Ashfield coach John Spence says Jordan could take the Premiership by storm.

"I think working with Windy (Paul Millar) and Gary (Hamilton) is helping Jordan develop," said Spence.

"He's got the potential to turn a good team into a great team and an average team into a good team. His movement is exceptional and his finishing is a joy to watch, he makes it look easy.

"He hasn't really had international recognition and he's happy to focus on Glenavon. There's no doubt he can develop into a top Irish League player."

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