Swindon Town have awarded a one year professional contract to ex Colchester United Apprentice Jordan Pavett.
Pavett, a 19 year old centre forward, beat off more than 3,500 players in Samsung’s nationwide ‘Win A Pro Contract’ competition.
The young striker, one of nine players released by Colchester United last summer, took part in series of regional and national trials after hearing about the competition via an LFE opportunity e-flyer.
He then lined up in the final at the County Ground earlier this month and was one of three players selected to train with the Wiltshire Club.
And he believes that the rejection he encountered last May only made him more determined to succeed at a second bite of the cherry.
“It helped me being at Colchester as an Apprentice as I’d already had little tastes of what first-team football is all about.”
“I didn’t get a contract there as I was told that I wouldn’t dislodge either of the first-team forwards but it made me so keen to prove them wrong,” said Pavett.
“The Manager (Danny Wilson) called me on Sunday afternoon and told me I’d be joining the Club as a professional. I really didn’t know what to say. I started welling up, as it was just such a relief.”
Pavett who is currently a plumber with his dad’s firm while working as a part time football coach will now relocate to the Swindon area to pursue his football ambitions.
“I’m due to start at the Club next week and they’ve agreed to help me out with digs as long as I need them. So the plan now is to get my fitness up to the required standard and try and break into the first team this season. I can’t wait to get started.”