‘Like coming back home’ – Jordon Hall settles in quickly and aims high at Melbourne City

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For many, making the step up from the NPL straight into the squad of the A-League Men’s champions would be a daunting prospect. For Jordon Hall though, it’s been a homecoming of sorts which he hopes will propel him through the next stage of his career.

Having spent the last couple of seasons impressing with NPL Victoria side Green Gully, Hall has returned to the club where he came through the youth academy and Hall speaks glowingly of his first few months back with Melbourne City.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment, all the lads have been very welcoming,” Hall said.

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For Hall, it’s hardly a venture into the unknown. Both from his time in the City academy and at other clubs around Australia, he’s played with a number of his ‘new’ teammates already.

“Connor Metcalfe, Nathaniel Atkinson…even Tommy Glover; I used to play with Tommy back in Sydney at Sutherland Sharks,” he said.

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“PK (Patrick Kisnorbo) was actually a player when I was training there.”

Hall considers Kisnorbo to be the ideal leader for someone with a “winning mentality” like himself.

“PK is a winner and he wants nothing but the best from us,” he declared.

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However, becoming reacquainted with old teammates and simply enjoying being a part of the current champion’s senior squad isn’t enough to satisfy Hall’s ambitions.

The 23-year-old is determined to do more than just make up the numbers and believes he will receive the opportunities to show what he can do on a national stage.

“I definitely believe I’ll get a few chances and it’s up to me to take them with both hands,” he said.

“I don’t think anyone’s safe in the squad. He’s (Kisnorbo) always said we choose the starting 11, so I think it’s up to how you play.”

Hall faces fierce competition for a starting centre-back spot. He acknowledges that the likes of Curtis Good, Nuno Reis and Rostyn Griffiths are all more experienced and ahead of him in the pecking order.

Nonetheless, Hall believes his time will come and is taking the opportunity to learn from his older teammates whilst he waits for his opportunity.

“Just being next to them in training and learning a lot from them because they have a lot more experience than I do and they have a very good knowledge of the game,” he said.

“I’ve got to be a bit patient but when I get my chance I’m going to take it with two hands and hopefully try keep my spot.”

The young defender clearly doesn’t lack confidence or ambition. A positive example of the potential pathways for young players through the NPL and youth systems into A-League Men’s clubs, City fans will undoubtedly be keeping close tabs on Hall’s progression.

Those fans will have to wait at least a couple of weeks to see Hall in action as he’s unable to play in their upcoming FFA Cup matchup with South Melbourne due to being cup-tied from his appearances earlier in the year for Green Gully. But Hall is not deterred, using it as extra motivation.

“So I’m hoping to get a few games in the league this season,” he said.

Hall is clearly an exciting prospect and may yet play an important role in City’s long-term future.

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Oscar Rutherford
Oscar Rutherford
Sports tragic studying Law/Arts at Monash University. Second-best paid Oscar working in football who has been to China.

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