A FoRmer Pupil of Dollar Academy has just completed an award-winning football season in America.

He has now discussed how happy he is to have made the decision to travel to the United States to play the sport he now, presumably, calls ‘soccer’.

Jordan Wilson (FP 2011), who is a former Rangers and Falkirk defender, made the bold decision to leave behind a career in professional football in the UK and, instead, take up a scholarship offer at the University of Kentucky.

Wilson has recently won a pair of awards: the first-team All-C-USA selection and C-USA Defensive Player of the week, and after being selected in the NSCAA All-Region team, he now has a very good chance of being named in the NSCAA All–America team.

Jordan believes his success justifies his decision to cross the Atlantic and he is thrilled with life stateside.

He 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, a players’ lounge, hydrotherapy room and treatment room.” Whilst in Scotland, Wilson was selected for Rangers u17s, u19s and reserves, as well as representing the national team at U17, but the centre half has been impressed with the level of football in the States.

Wilson added: “The standard is very similar to what I played against back home. There are some really good teams, more than I expected.

“And here, I have been able to live college life while getting an education and playing football at a high level.” Ex-footballer Andrew Kean, who is the founder of FirstPoint USA - a Glasgow-based company specialising in sports management, scholarship placement and the American university admissions process - helped Jordan find his way to Kentucky. He said: “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.’ Everyone at Dollar Academy would like to congratulate Jordan on his successes in Kentucky and wish him the very best in his future career: playing either soccer or football, in either the States or back in Britain.

There is no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset wherever he goes in the future.