Jordan Harmon is a man going places.
The talented winger was voted as the KDFL young player of the year award at their recent awards night and his manager Liam Murphy felt it was fully deserving.
“I’m delighted that Jordan got it. It’s a real boost for the club when the young lads are picking up trophies too. We’re well pleased about that,” said Murphy.
Harmon, who only turned 17 at the beginning of last month, certainly made an impact in his time on the pitch but admitted that it was something of culture shock at the beginning to be playing senior football.
“I started a few matches but it was kind of on and off a bit. It was a good bit of a step up, the players were much stronger but I had to get used to the pace of the passing and the pace of the game as well. It got easier as the season went on though. I can feel myself getting sharper and stronger,” he said.
That was proven in the Lumsden Cup final. In the biggest game of the Kildare soccer calendar, Villa were protecting a 2-1 lead when Murphy sent for his secret weapon from the substitute’s bench. It took the then 16-year-old just 30 seconds to create the decisive goal of the game for Timmy Doyle.
“It was a great season to be involved in because the team did so well. It was a great win in the Lumsden Cup final. There were huge celebrations after it,” said Harmon.
Despite his young age, Harmon has had no problem with mixing in with the older group of players who have all taken him under their wing.
“There are no cliques in the team, everybody mixes in together. We all on get on very well, the likes of Anto Lawlor and Alan Proctor have been very good in helping me settle into the team, that’s made it a bit easier.”
Proctor feels that having the likes of Harmon around has breathed new life into the team.
“It’s great to see the lads like Jordan coming through. Some of the things he can do with a football, I’d be watching him warming up and thinking if I even tried half the things he does I’d end up looking like a fool,” he laughed.
As well as being very talented, the sixth year Casteldermot student is also very dedicated to his game and has listened carefully to the advice given to him by his manager.
“Liam has been a big help, he is always encouraging me. He wants me to work at passing the ball and on my runs off the ball,” said Harmon.
And clearly his manager is also very enthusiastic about his potential.
“He’s very young, we didn’t put him straight into the team, we played him for a few minutes, then a bit longer and a bit longer. You saw what he can do in the final, once he has space he’s very good. He’s got loads of pace, a great left foot and a very powerful shot as well. His pass to set up Timmy Doyle’s goal was just a super ball,” said Murphy.
Despite all that, modest Harmon was not expecting to be recognised by the league for what he has done this season.
“It was a bit of a shock alright, I had no idea. It’s a great honour, I’m delighted with it,” he said.
Harmon is also an important member of the Kildare youths interleague team who will play Carlow in their final group game in the New Year. Having beaten Wicklow and then lost to Wexford, it will be a crucial game for Kildare but Harmon is enjoying his time with the squad under manager Dave Herd.
“We were unlucky to lose our last game but I’m enjoying playing with that team. Dave Herd is a good manager, he knows what he is talking about. There are some very good players on the team,” he said.
Long-term, Harmon would like to follow in the footsteps of a former Castle Villa winger Bryan Byrne and play his football in America.
“I’d like to go to America to play college football over there,” he said.
Lofty ambitions but it’s not just idle talk, Harmon has the skills to back it up.