With an enforced three-week break from first team action due to scheduling, Christmas and postponements, new signing Jordan Edwards caught up with Brandon Arthur for the latest Talking Port interview. He discusses what it’s like to be back at Port Talbot Town, his personal goals for the season and what attracted him to the club once again.
Hi Jordan, thank you very much for your time. How does it feel to be back at Port Talbot Town FC?
It feels great to be back at my boyhood club where I spent over ten years playing for the Blues. I joined at the age of seven under the guidance of Mark Pike and finished a decade later to move into senior football. Port Talbot Town has played a huge part in my football development and I am looking forward to getting back playing.
It may have come as a surprise that you left our local rivals in Trefelin to join us. What was it that brought you back to the club?
I had two fantastic seasons at Trefelin winning a Welsh League Cup followed by promotion last season and that was great for everybody involved there. For one reason or another in football, I felt that it was time to move on and when Pikey showed interest I was excited to come back to the club.
You obviously have quite a bit of history at Port Talbot Town, what do you remember fondly of your first spell at the club?
Personally, my fondest memories from my first spell at the club was winning the FAW U16s Academy Cup in Newtown which I shared with Mark Pike and Dai Morgan of the coaching staff, and fellow current player Ryan Morgan. Other good memories would include travelling to Finland in 2010 as part of the Europa League squad to face TPS Turku. That was a great experience for myself and later that year I would make my Welsh Premier League debut at Carmarthen Town.
The club is in quite a different position now to when you were last here. What is the general feeling you have of where Port Talbot Town is currently at as a club?
The club is obviously going through a transitional period which has seen some lows for the clubs in recent times. However, I do feel the club is now going in the right direction with the work being done behind the scenes along with the ambitions and targets set for the rest of this season.
Your dad is known to many supporters and people at the club from his time as secretary, what does Wayne make of you returning?
My old man has always supported me at whatever club I have played for. I might have put this to the test when I joined the ‘Leeedo’ [Afan Lido] a few seasons back. Having him firstly supported and served for the club I am sure he is looking forward to catching up with a few old friends.
What are your personal goals for the rest of the season?
Another promotion would definitely be a goal of mine and I think we are in great position to achieve that. If I can net a few goals along the way then I’ll be happy.
What do you think the team can achieve this season?
I think the target is clear amongst management and the squad and that is promotion. The side has worked hard to get themselves into a position to compete for those three spaces and I think with the strength and depth within the squad this is very achievable. Also, with a home draw in the next round of the FAW Trophy, a run to the final wouldn’t go amiss.
Finally, Jack Underwood and Tom Neville have been in great form so far this season. How do you feel about combining with them in attack?
Jack and Tom are two fantastic players who both can’t stop scoring at the moment and that is great for the team. I am excited to link up with the pair and try to contribute where I can.
You can catch Jordan and the rest of the first team in action on Saturday (28 December) when they travel to Ynys Park to take on Ton Pentre in Welsh League Division One.