Blackwell is aiming for another title on AFC Sudbury return
Jordan Blackwell believes he has come back to AFC Sudbury as a better player and to a squad that looks capable of giving him another shot at bagging a second Isthmian League winner’s medal.
The 21-year-old graduated through the ranks at the club, breaking into the side as a raw 17-year-old before helping Jamie Godbold’s side to the Ryman League Division One North title in 2015/16.
But he found his chances limited at the higher level the following season and a loan move to Thurlow Nunn League side Stanway Rovers towards the end of the campaign turned into a permanent move, which saw him score 17 goals from a wide berth last term.
Mark Morsley took his opportunity to bring him back to the club as one of two new signings this summer, and Blackwell believes AFC fans will notice an improvement in his all-round game.
“When I went away from Sudbury at Stanway last season it gave me an incentive to get better, and I felt I had a good season there,” he said.
“It was an easy decision to come back to Sudbury though.”
And despite a pre-season campaign that has only seen two wins from nine matches and only former loannee from Needham Market Callum Harrison joining him in coming in, Blackwell is confident the squad is good enough to get him and the club back up to Step 3 football.
“We have had a good pre-season against really good sides which have been good tests,” he said.
“Our performances have not necessarily been showing in our results but we have been playing really well in pre-season and that is why I feel really confident this year.
“I think we are ready to challenge this year. Mark is saying he wants to win the league and hopefully we can do that with the players we have got.
“We have got a lot of young players but technically they are really good.
“At home, certainly, we can get the ball down and I think we can pass teams off the pitch this season.
“We also have players in the team who like a tackle and a challenge and I think we are all up for a fight this year.”
With a lot of experimentation during pre-season, Blackwell has played wide right, as he did in his first spell at the club, but also as a right wing-back and, most recently wide left.
“I’m not sure where I will be used, but I am happy to play in anywhere,” he said.
l AFC Gold Week 14 winners: £100 (222) D Tatum, Holmewood Drive, Giltbrook, Nott; £10 (230)Miss V Paxton, Jubilee Rd, Sudbury; £10 (128) Miss L Maxim, Friars St, Sudbury.