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LATEST NEWS | Darr 'buzzing' to sign Magpies deal

The development of the young Magpies is a key aspect of the club’s vision and aims for the future. This has been shown in recent weeks with the likes of promising duo Josh Gregory and James Barrigan joining the club from League 1 side Wigan Athletic.
 
This vision was further emphasised when exciting young forward Jordan Darr recently signed his first professional contract with the Magpies. He was immediately loaned to Evo-Stik Division One North side Skelmersdale United, in an effort to showcase his talents at first team level.
 
The 19-year-old, who made his Chorley debut back in November when he came off the bench in the final ten minutes against Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup, told Harry Lyons he was delighted to sign his first contract as a footballer.
 
“I’m buzzing to sign my deal here and this is a big opportunity for me,” the forward said. “I’ve been at Chorley for a number of years, after being picked up at a school’s cup final when I was 16. Having been here since that time, I’ve learnt a lot and know what kind of player the manager wants to turn me into.”
 
On the subject of the manager, Darr said it fills him with confidence knowing someone like Matt Jansen believes in him to offer him a deal.
“He’s achieved so much in the game as a player and considering he was a forward as well, I don’t feel there’s anyone better I can learn from.”
 
Reflecting on his footballing career to date, Darr admits he still has a lot to learn and joining Skelmersdale will only help him improve his game.
“The development squad has helped me thoroughly,” he said. “It improved the weaker parts of my game after coming from grass roots and it encouraged me to utilise my strengths as much as possible.”
 
“Having said that, the only way you can properly learn your trade is by playing ‘men’s’ football. I want to get as many minutes in as possible, and joining Skelmersdale will help that.”
 
“With the Under 21 League you struggle to play as much as you’d ideally like to, as we only had four or five games in four months. Getting to play at that level will help me both physically and mentally and I’ll learn a great deal about my game.”
 
“With the Under 21 League, I was given the freedom of just getting the ball and running. In the few matches I’ve spent on loan at Skelmersdale already, I’m switching up my game and learning things and I’m really enjoying it.”
 
Darr added: “The aim is to come back and be in contention for the first team at Chorley, and I have every confidence I’ll be able to do just that.”
 
The focus now will be on Jordan and how he develops during his loan spell. Much is expected of him, like many others, as the Magpies academy continues to go from strength to strength. 
 
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