STAGS SIGN JAMIE PARDINGTON ON LOAN FROM WOLVES
Stags sign Wolves goalkeeper on loan
mansfieldtown.net, Monday 1st February 2021
Mansfield Town is delighted to announce the loan signing of Wolves goalkeeper Jamie Pardington until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper stands at 6’5” and signed for the Premier League outfit in 2018, following a spell with Rushall Olympic.
The goalkeeper began his Wolves career with the under-18s before going on to impress in the Birmingham Senior Cup with the under-23s, subsequently being rewarded with a new contract in July 2019.
Pardington has experienced first team training with Wolves, working alongside international goalkeepers Rui Patricio and John Ruddy.
The youngster also spent time on loan with National League South side Dulwich Hamlet this season, and saved twice in a penalty shootout on his debut, against Corinthian Casuals in the Emirates FA Cup.
Manager Nigel Clough said: “We wanted another goalkeeper to come in to give us some cover and Jamie fits the bill.
“We don’t have anyone between Aidan Stone and 17-year-old goalkeeper Maison Campbell.
“We needed someone in that age bracket to come in and train with the first team and we’re pleased to have Jamie on board.”
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 2 Feb 2021
Following a transfer deadline day that ran right to the wire for the Stags, boss Nigel Clough gave his thoughts on the January window
“We brought the third-choice goalie [Jamie Pardington] in, which we needed. We’d already got Stephen Quinn in too. It gives us 18 outfield players and 3 goalkeepers. That should be plenty to get us through the end of the season.
“[On Jamie Pardington coming in] We’d been concerned for the last couple of months that if anything happened to Marek [Stech] or Stoney [Aidan Stone], then we’re delving into a 17-year-old on the bench from the academy.
“We’ve had plenty of games where if you have a 17-year-old on the bench, your goalie gets sent off or injured, using a 17-year old is not ideal! We needed a third choice and we’re very happy with Jamie.
Pardington makes loan move to Mansfield
wolves.co.uk, 1st February 2021
Wolves Academy goalkeeper Jamie Pardington has joined Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season.
Having returned from a spell at non-league Dulwich Hamlet, the young stopper heads out for the next stage of his development with the League Two outfit.
Pardington has been on Wolves’ books since 2018, after leaving Southern Premier Central outfit Rushall Olympic, and last season he impressed with the under-23 group in the Birmingham Senior Cup to be rewarded with a new contract in the summer.
The move to Mansfield will see Pardington link up with Nigel Clough and his squad ahead of their preparations for the league clash with Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening.
All at Wolves would like to wish Jamie the best of luck during his time on loan at Field Mill.
MUCH EARLIER STORY:
Pardington on learning from Patricio and Ruddy
4th June 2020, wolves.co.uk, By Devon Cash, University of Derby, football journalism student
Wolves under-23s goalkeeper Jamie Pardington admits that he is still “living a dream” whilst playing for the club.
Pardington, who joined Wolves in 2018 from Southern Premier Central outfit Rushall Olympic, has expressed his admiration for first-team goalkeepers Rui Patricio and John Ruddy, and of the valuable experienced gained while training at Compton.
“It still feels like I am living a dream really,” said Pardington. “Going from a semi-professional club to Wolves, it is still a bit surreal with playing at such a high standard of football.
“John Ruddy is a nice guy and he is always helping me out in training, pulling me to one side and having a chat with me. He is a top-class professional, he gives so much advice and I have learned a lot from him.
“Patricio doesn’t speak that much English, but I used to watch him in the gym and watch all the extra things that he does on the pitch and you can’t beat it really - Rui is one of the best goalkeepers in the world in my opinion and you get to watch him up close.
“Just watching them and training with them is an unreal experience. The first time that I was told that I would be training with the first-team, I was eating my breakfast and I couldn’t take another bite - I think my stomach was just starting to go.
“When you get on that training pitch and see everyone, it never goes, and it is quite eye-opening to see that you have nearly made it and that you feel like it is so close when you stand next to some of these players.
“Experience-wise, it is just extraordinary, and that is why I take every day with a smile - being at Wolves has changed me a player.”
With time in youth football coming to an early end due to the current pandemic, Pardington revealed a few details of his lockdown routine, as well as the type of training that he has been conducting.
Pardington said: “It is really tough mentally and physically because you haven’t got the same facilities or the same people to talk to every day.
“Other than that, it is just about keeping myself fit, but it is quite challenging not being able to walk out on a pitch every day and with not being able to do the same routine as you always do.
“We have our running programme - we are running three or four times a week and they have given us an app to record it on for them to see if you are doing the right stuff.
“We also have upper-body sessions and leg-strengthening sessions which we can do every day and we have to record that and send it off to them.
“The programmes are there to make sure that we are able to remain fit for when we can go back.”