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Jordan Yong: Playing for Malaysia would be a dream come true

Meet the Malaysian-English defender currently playing in a lower tier of English football...

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Firstly, tell us briefly about yourself.

My name is Jordan Yong and I was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk on May 25th 1990. I am currently playing for King’s Lynn Town FC in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division. I can play in various positions, but my main position for the club is at left-back.

Where did you play before King’s Lynn Town?

I started my youth career at Norwich City on a two-year scholarship, which allowed me to be around top professionals on a daily basis. Then I had an opportunity to play football in New Zealand. My friend, who was involved in football there, gave me the opportunity to go there and play. I also joined up with Wellington Phoenix while I was at the club for a week’s training to gain experience and be involved in a different style of football. After spending 18 months in New Zealand, I returned to England and signed for King’s Lynn Town.

How would you describe your playing style?

I see myself as a modern-day attacking full-back. I like to get forward a lot and put crosses into the box. My pace and athletic ability in getting forward to help in attack and defending in one-on-one situations are my biggest strengths.

This website says that you have played over 200 games since 2011 for the Linnets. Don’t you get burnout?

I have currently made 262 appearances for King’s Lynn Town to date. I average between 40-50 games a season including cup matches, which is a lot for one season. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime I stick to in between training and matches, it helps me stay fit.

Your father was from Malaysia. How often do you and your family visit the country?

My father was born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He first took me and my family back when I was five years old to meet his side of the family. The second trip was two years later, which was also the last time we went back. However, we are looking forward to go back again at the end of January 2017 for Chinese New Year, which I am really excited about.

In recent years we have seen Junior Eldstal, Sam Somerville, Daniel Ting and Darren Lok joining Malaysian clubs after playing in lower tiers of English football. Do you see yourself following in their footsteps?

They have really inspired me to hopefully get an opportunity to play in my father’s home country. It would be an honour.

What about playing internationally for Malaysia?

That would be a dream come true for me and my dad. Every young man wants to make his father proud, and if I am given the opportunity to represent Malaysia, that will make him the proudest man alive [laughs]. I did write to the FAM a few years ago, but I didn’t hear anything back from them.

Lastly, how Malaysian are you?

I cannot speak any of the languages because my dad unfortunately never taught me when I was young. Even though I have only been to Malaysia twice to see our family, it is still a place I can call home. We have a very big family and I cannot wait to see them again early next year!

(Pictures: Jordan Yong, King’s Lynn Town FC)