Eddie Patterson: Glentoran can cope with Jordan Stewart exit as winger eyes Swindon move
Eddie Patterson says Glentoran can still taste success this season - even if their star man Jordan Stewart moves to Swindon Town.
The winger is expected to seal his switch to the League One side after both clubs agreed a transfer fee.
Stewart, who has been called into the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad for games against Scotland and Iceland next month, did not travel to Swindon yesterday but is hoping to get the green light to meet Town representatives.
Glens boss Patterson said: "It looks like Jordan is on his way but I'm waiting for confirmation on that. You can't be sure until it's done and dusted.
"If he leaves we will miss him because he has been brilliant for us but his dream is to play full-time football and we can all understand his ambition.
"The bigger picture is he can enjoy a full-time career in the game and the door will open to someone else at Glentoran.
"I can be 100 per cent certain that the desire and hunger of the players and management at this club will not change and as manager I would never accept those standards dropping. Even before this potential development with Jordan we were looking to add to the squad and that work goes on."
It is understood that the fee for Stewart is around the £55,000 mark and Patterson will be interested to learn if some of that money can be invested back into the squad.
“That remains to be seen,” he added. “It won’t be a massive amount of money for the club but it’s not just a case of having the money, it’s a case of identifying the right players and that’s a challenge facing all the managers.
“I’m still hopeful of bringing in one or two this week before the window shuts.
“We are in a period of transition at the moment and a few of the boys just need more games under their belts.
“Conor McMenamin was handed his first start against Carrick and it will take time for his partnership with Curtis Allen to develop.”
Stewart has previously spent time on trial at Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Peterborough United, and signed a two-year contract extension with the Glens back in March.
A potential move to Barnsley this summer collapsed after the east-Belfast side rejected an offer which Patterson referred to as “absolutely derisory”.
The 20-year-old joined the Glens in 2013 and has scored 16 goals, including a hat-trick against Warrenpoint Town last season. One of his last goals for the club, a stunning strike against Crusaders, was a fitting farewell.
The talented youngster, who has played for Northern Ireland Under-19s, has also been added to Jim Magilton’s Under-21 panel for games against Scotland and Iceland next month. They face Scotland at Mourneview Park on September 5 before a trip to Iceland three days later.