Jourdaine Fletcher ready to make the big step into is career
Jourdain Fletcher’s schoolboy football exploits must now be viewed as a thing of the past.
The sooner he embraces this reality and shakes the lingering tingle, the sooner he will be able to move ahead with what is widely seen as a promising football career.
The thrill of scoring an amazing 36 goals in helping Cornwall College to the daCosta Cup title and an overall outstanding season, will no doubt stay with those who were delighted by his match-winning heroics.
But Fletcher, 18, must now look back at it all as merely laying the foundation for what could be on the horizon for the striker. To dwell on it could work to his own peril.
Fletcher, who was snapped up by Premier League champions Montego Bay United in the latest transfer window, is confident that he is ready to make the transition to the senior Reggae Boyz.
Though not as clear-cut as that, he may have that chance when Jamaica tackle United States in a friendly international at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, today. Match time is 7:00 pm.
And the St James native, in his usual self-assured style, suggested his call-up by coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, was part of his plan, having already tasted national football as an Under-20 campaigner.
“I am not surprised about that (being called for senior duty) because I worked very hard for it and I got it, but now I have to keep my focus and train hard and execute,” he said from the team hotel here yesterday.
“If I get a chance to show what I can do I will certainly do my best, and even if I don’t get a chance, I have to just keep at it and keep the focus,” Fletcher told the Jamaica Observer.
The fledgling player, who eyes a permanent place in Whitmore squad for the upcoming Caribbean Cup and Gold Cup, shared that he is even looking beyond those fixtures.
“I want to be a part of that campaign (Qatar 2022) because I want to go out there and score a lot of goals for Jamaica,” Fletcher said, bubbling with confidence.
With a full professional football career his life goal, Fletcher sees Europe as a football landscape he hopes to conquer. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his peer, Leon Bailey, who just days ago made a move to Germany’s Bayern Leverkusen in a record 12 million euro fee for a Jamaican.
“I want to go to Europe, but my favourite is the English Premier League, if I get to the US Major League, that would be a great start and would push me further in the national squad and in getting into Europe,” Fletcher noted.
It comes as no suprise that the Catherine Hall resident is a fan of Manchester United and Barcelona, and that above all the great players of the world, he fashions his game off that of Argentine star Lionel Messi.
“Messi is my favourite player because he is just outstanding… he can dribble well, take good free kicks, pass the ball and he can score.
“For me, I think I am good at passing the ball, I can score goals… I think I am just a good player overall,” Fletcher said.
As he looks to take his football to the next stage, Fletcher cannot do so without the occasional flashback to some of the element that aided his success at that level.
“I belief in myself and I trained hard, and that’s how I came out as one of the better players in the schoolboy season.
“Also, I have a lot of friends who kept at my back saying that I can do it and they kept pushing me forward and I just used that and pushed myself,” Fletcher shared.
He also said his school coaches, his Cornwall College teammate Peter-Lee Vassell and his grandfather (Vincent Fletcher) and father (Orlando Fletcher) were his main sources of inspiration on his life-changing journey.