Moving to the Second Division and we caught up with FC Olympique 13 & former Gibraltar number one Jordan Perez as we got his thoughts on the season so far and his plans for the Nations League this September.
Midway through last season Jordan Perez called time on his playing career with the goalkeeper announcing that he’ll be taking a break, We asked Perez how it feels to be back playing football, “If i’m completely honest I took a break for several reasons both internationally and locally. It feels good to be back on the pitch but its frustrating to see Gibraltar football going in the wrong direction.”
One of the, if not the biggest, shock of this summers transfer window was Second Division side FC Olympique 13 announcing the signing of Jordan Perez from St Joseph’s. The goalkeeper had this to say on how the season has panned out so far, “The season so far has been quite of a roller coaster ride, being a new squad it has taken us a while to get to grips with the task ahead but we finished before the break on a high with 4 consecutive clean sheets. From a personal view it has been a big drop in standard as I could still playing in 1st Div, but its a new challenge and I will do my utmost to help to achieve our objective.”
Olympique currently sit fourth in the Second Division table with eight games played, we asked Perez if he feels his team can win promotion – he replied, “We currently sit 4th after a bad start to the season, however with the squad’s current form and new additions I’m feeling really optimistic for promotion.”
Jordan’s last international game was on the 7 October 2016 in Estonia’s 4-0 win over Gibraltar, after that he lost his place to current number one Deren Ibrahim. With the Nations League coming up in September, we asked Perez if he’ll be looking to get back into the squad and win his jersey back – “Well as long as Im playing Im always available to represent my Country, however that’s up to the National manager but playing internationals in Gibraltar for a change is definitely something I would welcome.”