From King’s Lynn to Malaysia – Jordan Yong’s great footballing adventure
Jordan Yong is heading for the heat of Malaysia to pursue a career in the professional game.
Yong is heading to the Far East in December, where he has been given a one-year contract to play for Melaka United in the Malaysian Premier League.
It means he will leave King’s Lynn Town, having come to an amicable agreement with boss Ian Culverhouse, although he will stay on the local scene until he heads out.
“I have already had six or seven phone calls from clubs who are interested,” said Yong, who comes from Wisbech.
“They’re from the same level as Lynn or just below. Basically the gaffer is looking for commitment for the new season and I’m not really in a position to do that now. I leave for Malaysia in December to take up my professional contract which obviously is right in the middle of next season.
“It’s simply an offer I couldn’t refuse. It was all very amicable.”
Yong’s father Allan hails from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah province, and the former Norwich City youth team player, who played for Wisbech when he was 19, knows exactly what he will face.
“I had three weeks there and only came back on Saturday,” said Yong, who was 27 yesterday. “I had a trial with Melaka. I was originally going to have trials with three clubs but did well enough and they wanted me to stay on.
“It’s very different conditions – over here players train in the mornings, but it is 32 degrees out there minimum, day and night and they don’t start training until 5pm. Games kick off at 9pm. I played in two friendlies and even though the sun had gone down it was unbelievably humid. It will take a bit of time to get used to it.”
The next Malaysian Super League season opens next January, by which time the travel formalities and paperwork will be sorted and Yong – who spent 18 months playing and coaching in New Zealand before joining the Linnets, will be ready to pursue his dream.
“I’m really looking forward to it now,” said Yong, who played almost 300 games for the Linnets over six years. “I have really enjoyed my time at King’s Lynn club and would like to thank the fans and the management teams in my time at The Walks for all of their support shown towards me.”