DOLLAR native Jordan Wilson couldn’t be happier with his decision to jump across the pond after an award winning season in America.

The former Rangers and Falkirk defender made a bold decision to leave behind a career in professional football and instead, take up a scholarship offer at the University of Kentucky.

The 19-year-old won a pair of awards this term to add to his collection first-team All-C-USA selection and C-USA Defensive Player of the week.

After being selected in the NSCAA All-Region team, he is now in with a shout of being named in the NSCAA All–American team after leading the team to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament at the heart of Kentucky’s defence.

Jordan said: “I made the right move. As soon as I walked in I knew it was the school for me. The facilities are unbelievable. They are finishing off a brand new soccer stadium, which will have things like customized lockers for each player, players lounge, hydrotherapy room and treatment room.” Despite a decorated career back home, which saw the former Dollar Academy pupil turn out for Rangers u17s, u19s and reserves, as well as for the national U17 team, Jordan has been impressed with the level of football in the states.

The talented centre-half commented: “The standard is very similar to what I played against back home.

“There are some really good teams, more than I expected. I have been able to live college life while getting an education and playing football at a high level.” A typical day for Jordan includes class from 9am-1pm, training from 2.30pm till 5pm then a short break for dinner before a trip to mandatory study hall till 8pm.

He continued: “Any free time is usually spent sleeping. It’s a long shift. I get all my schoolwork done with the help of study hall, tutors and academic advisors as much as I need them.

“This leaves me time to focus on soccer and frees up my weekend.” Jordan earned his place at Kentucky thanks to ex-footballer Andrew Kean, a friend of Jordan’s uncle, former Rangers reserve coach Tommy Wilson .

Andrew, founder of FirstPoint USA a Glasgow-based company which specialises in sports management, scholarship placement and the American university admissions process, is pleased with Jordan’s progress.

He added: “The University of Kentucky play a very high standard of football but as I expected, Jordan has been a standout performer.

“Since he came over last season, he has slotted straight into their first team and he has a bright future ahead of him.

“Although I have no doubt he has the potential to be a professional footballer, this degree gives Jordan the platform to explore a number of options either instead of, or after football.” To find out more about FirstPoint USA’s offering, visit: www.firstpointusa.com