Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran's Jordan Stewart transfer to Swindon won’t fall through now: agent

By Graham Luney

Jordan Stewart’s agent says the “ball is now in Swindon Town’s court” as a deal for the Glentoran ace edges closer.

Lee Mudd, of ACHIEVE football agency, remains confident the 20-year-old will join the League One side at the end of prolonged and difficult negotiations.

Swindon chairman Lee Power said that the deal had become “messy” but Mudd doesn’t anticipate Town pulling the plug on the transfer.

“It’s in Swindon’s hands and we are just waiting for the go ahead,” he said. “It’s my understanding that a fee has been agreed between the clubs and there’s no issue with personal terms so it’s up to the club to give us the green light and bring Jordan over to agree the deal.

“There was a hope Jordan could travel to Swindon on Tuesday but flights could not be organised in time.

“It’s my hope that the deal can be finalised and I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t.”

Relations between Stewart’s representatives and Glentoran became strained during negotiations regarding the player’s potential move to Barnsley.

That deal collapsed and now Town are left negotiating with both Glentoran and Stewart’s representatives.

Both clubs agreed a fee for the player, understood to be around £50,000, but the Glens sought further add-ons on the contract and that delayed the process.

County were hoping to roll out the welcome mat for Stewart in Wiltshire on Tuesday but with talks ongoing, the player never made it to the County Ground.

Town chairman Power claimed the deal had become “messy” and he added: “We wanted Jordan in the squad for Tuesday (the 2-2 draw at home to Port Vale). There are agents involved and every Tom, Dick and Harry. To be honest with you, it got a bit messy.  I don’t think it’s the lad, I’m not sure about the communication between the agent and the club but it’s not very professional.”

Despite the chairman’s frustration, Swindon sources say they still expect the deal to be finalised. Town are keen to net Stewart as they have limited attacking options and a long injury list at the moment.

“We are working hard behind the scenes to bring some people in,” added Power. “We won’t leave the team without a striker.”

Power’s comments had Town fans second guessing what was happening with one commenting: “Something isn’t right here, people just don’t do a ‘no show’ for no reason!”

Stewart, who has just received a Northern Ireland Under-21 call-up, joined Glentoran in 2013 and has scored 16 goals.

The Oval starlet, who agreed a two-year contract extension with the Glens back in March, is simply keen to land a professional deal and after the Barnsley move fell through on top of some disappointing trial experiences, he’s hopeful of finally living his dream on this occasion.

Glens boss Eddie Patterson told the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday night he expected Stewart’s move to Swindon to be completed and that the east-Belfast club will still pack a punch without him.

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