THE SKY Blues have beaten off stiff competition from a host of Premier League and Championship clubs to sign highly rated striker Jordan Ponticelli on a two-year deal.
The 17-year-old has moved to the Sky Blues following two successfull years at the Strachan Football Foundation where he scored an impressive 39 goals in just 37 appearances in all competitions this season.
He recently had trials at Stoke City, Hibernian, Doncaster and Cambridge United and despite interest from the leagues above, Jordan revealed that signing for his hometown club was too good of an opportunity to turn down.
He said: “I am really pleased to have signed for my hometown club Coventry City, they have really impressed me with their organisation and structure to their sessions.
“SFF offered me the opportunity to be involved in full time football, training everyday and the quality of coaching has allowed me to develop.
“I am fitter, stronger and quicker than I have ever been and have developed a better understanding of the game and my position of being a front man.
“I would like to thank all the coaches at SFF and hope I can do them proud in the next step in my career.”
Jordan arrived at SFF on a day release from school in 2014 and became part of a BTEC Level 3 full time study programme in September the following year.
He impressed during a recent trial with the Sky Blues after scoring four goals in three games, including two in the under-18 match against Charlton earlier this month.
SFF’s director of football George Mackie feels the Sky Blues have landed a player who will go a long way in the game and who has been compared to the likes of fellow English strikers Jamie Vardy, Callum Wilson and Harry Kane
He added: “Jordan is a quick, physical, hardworking and a skilful striker who loves to score goals.
“From day one Jordan has shown a desire to be a professional footballer, his day-to-day conduct has been excemplary from the classroom to the training ground to match days.
“Jordan is a very focussed individual and has now got his reward we are so proud of him.
“We gave him opportunities at numerous clubs and five clubs were offering Jordan a contract. We are delighted he has chosen Coventry City, we have got him the opportunities and he has made an excellent choice in signing for the Sky Blues.”
SFF managing director Dan Elliott feels Jordan has evolved as a striker during his two year spell with the foundation and is hopeful of more success stories in the future.
He added: “Our focus within the foundation is on the development of the individual and helping each player to reach their career goals.
“Over the next few months we will see a number of lads moving on from the foundation, one player is going to the US on a scholarship with NAIA National Champions, another four players are trialling at professional clubs and five lads are going onto to University Football Programmes.
“We are proud of everyone of the boys who reach there goals and ambitions in life and pride ourselves on helping the lads on their journey.”