JORDAN SEEKING TO HEAD BACK UP
TRANSFER deadline day 2012 is a day that will live long in the memory of Jordan Bowery when he secured the move of his dreams – a move to thenPremier League Aston Villa.
The striker made the jump after a breakthrough season with Chesterfield but, five years on, the 26-year-old has played in every division in the Football League.
Just 22 appearances at the Villans followed brief spells at Rotherham, Bradford City, Oxford United and Leyton Orient, but Bowery is now finding his feet again at League Two Crewe Alexandra, where he’s bagged five league goals so far this season.
The move to Villa may not have worked out as the forward had planned, but that hasn’t stopped the sharpshooter hoping he can still make it back to the upper echelons of the league pyramid.
He said: “The move to Villa was a big thing in my life. I was shocked at the time, I didn’t expect it.
“I had a good season with Chesterfield, even though we got relegated. It was a surprise, but going there was the best experience of my life.
“I wouldn’t change it for anything. It didn’t work out, but the experience was fantastic and I made some good friends there.
“It was a good point in my career. When you go into senior training and you see the likes of Gabby Agbonlahor, Darren Bent, Fabien Delph, Shay Given, Christian Benteke, and I’ve just come from Chesterfield. It’s nerve-wracking. But that bond I made with the club was fantastic.
“I’ve played in every league at 26.
“I’ve learned everything from the places I’ve been. I’m still young enough to go higher.
“Whether that’s League One or Championship, I know I can play higher so I want to prove that point.
“I’ve gone higher before, but I need to show I can do it.”
Consistency is something Bowery admits he needs to find in his game after netting just 28 league goals in his career to date – plus a more relaxed attitude.
He said: “What other people say doesn’t really bother me, but I beat myself up all the time.
“My dad tells me I’m too hard on myself – and he’s right. It’s something I need to change and show that it isn’t bothering me.
“It could be a weakness, so I need to stop doing that and believe in myself more.”
Bowery joined Crewe permanently in the summer following a loan stint at the club last season, but it hasn’t been plain sailing for the Railwaymen, who find themselves 19th in the table.
Yet it’s not all doom and gloom for the marksman, who feels the squad is good enough to push up the table. “The team could be in a better position, but we’ve got to keep working,” he said. “We need to get up the table. “I’m having a consistent run in the team and I’m at the age now where I need to be playing every game. “The gaffer (David Artell) gave me that opportunity and hopefully I can keep progressing. “From a selfish point of view, I want to do as well as I can, because I don’t want to be stuck in League Two.”
GOAL GLEE: Jordan Bowery, left, celebrates scoring for Crewe. Inset: In his Villa days