Jan 24 2013 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
HARROW Borough new-boy Jordan Berry is looking to reignite his career at Earlsmead following his release from Plymouth Argyle.
Berry signed for the Ryman Premier outfit this week having been shown the door by the cash-strapped Pilgrims in a new-year clearout.
An intelligent box-to-box midfielder, Berry brings with him a wealth of experience imparted on him by the likes of Peter Reid, Carl Fletcher and Paul Mariner.
He will now report to Dave Anderson and says he is looking forward to working with his new boss and getting back to playing football close to his family home in nearby Hayes.
“My dad used to play semi-pro football and spoke to Dave Anderson who invited me down to training,” said Berry. “He is a straightforward bloke and he wants me around. We signed straight away.
“It’s difficult to get a club halfway through the season. I had a few offers from clubs around the Bristol area but it was difficult for me to stay in the area due to money restrictions. I am back at home in Hayes now.”
The 19-year-old never made a first-team appearance while at Home Park but believes the experience gained at Plymouth leaves him in good stead.
“My first year at Plymouth was very good,” said the teenager who moved to the south west in 2010 after being spotted playing for Brentford U16s. “Paul Mariner got me in there and I worked with him and then Peter Reid. I was out for most of my second year though as I picked up a bad metatarsal injury.
“I got an extension to take me into my third year with Carl Fletcher and Kevin Nancekivell. It was brilliant but for financial and time reasons they felt they couldn’t keep me on. Carl and Kevin said they would recommend me to anyone.
“I was starstruck when I went there. I spoke to Darren Purse before I left and he told me he would help me out when I needed it. It was a great experience. I broke records on their fitness tests and was training with the first team.”
Berry believes he can still carve out a career in the Football League and wants to continue his development with Boro, although he says he is no stranger to the physical side of the game he can expect to encounter at Earlsmead.
“I’m not a sort of fantasy player,” he added. “I like the graft just as much as I like to be on the ball. We were taken out of the reserve league and played non-league sides during my time at Plymouth so I’m not worried. I enjoy the rough side of the game.”
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