The second coming of Ollerenshaw: Australian legend's son looking to follow in father's footsteps
Scott Ollerenshaw, who earned 15 caps with Australia, was one of the most feared and gifted strikers in the Malaysian League.
He earned the nickname "Ginger Maradona" when he featured for Sabah in the 1994-98 seasons and he is among the few in the modern era of the league to have scored more goals than appearances. He netted 110 times in 106 appearances for Sabah.
The 48-year-old was a two-time Golden Boot winner in the Malaysia Premier League (a one-tier competition before the Malaysian Super League era) and also famously scored past goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in a friendly between a Selangor selection side and Manchester United in an exhibition match in 1995.
Given his legendary status, it’s little surprise big things are expected of Scott’s son, Jordan, who wants to continue his father’s legacy and play professional football one day.
I want to make the grade and follow in my father’s footsteps to become a professional footballer.
A product of the Cruzeiro Brazil Academy in Phuket, the 18-year-old joined Spanish regional side Torrent CF in August and the central midfielder will make his debut for their under-19 team after he gets his international clearance next week.
Jordan is not the only Malaysian youngster at the Spanish club. Malacca-born Jeremy Chua, 16, also earned a contract with Torrent after the privately-run Frenz United Academy in Janda Baik in Pahang closed down.
A talented youngster, who also plays futsal and cricket, Jordan was first offered a place at the DPM Sports School in Sabah when he was 16 years old but decided on heading to Phuket for a trial with the Cruzeiro Football Academy, run by the British International School in Phuket.
The experience so far at Torrent has been wonderful. Spanish football is different and also very competitive. I am working hard.
Jordan aced the trial and the rest was history as he was offered a two-year scholarship to study and play football in Phuket.
“I want to make the grade and follow in my father’s footsteps to become a professional footballer,” said Jordan, who will be attached with the Spanish club until May next year.
“The experience so far at Torrent has been wonderful. Spanish football is different and also very competitive. I am working hard to improve my technique and other aspects of the game.”
Understandably, Scott feels proud and wants to see his son achieve his goals.
“I was a striker but he plays in midfield. It does not matter as I want him to enjoy and love the game," he states. “I do not want to put any pressure on him. It is up to him how hard he wants to work and improve.
“Jordan definitely has a chance to make it in the sport and I am not saying this because he is my son. The purpose of going to Spain is to be challenged and to improve.
“His strengths are technique and passing range but unfortunately he is not so great in the air,” said Scott.
Before Jordan left for Spain, Scott advised his son to chase his dreams and become a successful footballer.
“As a father, I want to see him happy. It is very hard to predict the future. For any young player, it’s about improving week by week, day by day, and seeing where the journey takes you.
“Everyone wants to play for big clubs in Europe but that’s all pie in the sky stuff, and I live in reality, not fantasy,” said Scott.
If Jordan makes it then we could see him representing Malaysia one day.
“Jordan is a Malaysian citizen which makes him eligible to play for the national team here,” concluded Scott, who is based in Sabah.
“But I do not want to talk about it yet as he still needs to work on his game.”