JORDAN Slew has seen a fair bit of football – and the UK – in his 24 years but, after nine moves up and down the country, his fast feet are beginning to feel less itchy.
Plymouth is the Argyle forward’s tenth port of call in a career that started at home-town Sheffield United and has taken in such diverse waypoints as Ross County, Stevenage and Cambridge United.
“It’s starting to feel like home,” said Jordan, who has helped propel the Pilgrims to a four-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run.
This weekend, Argyle take on Colchester United at Home Park, looking to extend that streak to 13 and with Slewy in a rich vein of form, and happy with life.
“Every player wants to feel settled somewhere,” he said. “There is not always settlement in football because of a lot of things that go on. I feel like I could settle here – I do want to settle here – but the most important thing is I just take every game at a time, just do my best in each game and see what happens.
“I’m in a winning team and any footballer will tell you that’s the best feeling in the world. I’m playing football; we’re winning games; and I’m scoring goals at the same time. We’re in a good place right now; we just need to keep working hard like we are doing, winning games, and keep the run going.”
The move to Home Park has seen Jordan link up again with manager Derek Adams, who borrowed the Yorkshireman for Ross County from Blackburn Rovers two and a half years ago.
“I knew he was a good manager and a good man-management man, as well,” said Jordan. “He was a big reason that I came here; I knew I could get along with him really well. So do all the other players.
“He’s always had the confidence in me. He knows what I can do and he seems to be getting the best out of me right now. It’s been a productive move.
“It’s a big club and I’m very happy to be here. The winning feeling is good. I’ve not really had that in my career, so it’s a change. I just want to keep winning with Plymouth.”
Contentment, though, has not bred complacency, and the Green Army might just be about to witness further benefits of Slewy’s settled state of mind.
“I know I’m capable of a lot more,” he said. “It just takes time to come and, as I keep playing, I’m getting fitter and I’m getting stronger; I’m getting better in training; I’m practicing new things; I’ve still got a lot to learn. There’s still a hell of a lot to come from me.
“I know I can score goals. I haven’t had the luck or the playing time as I have had previously, but I feel confident I am going to score in every game. I hope it continues.”