Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:01/07/2011
Jordan is a talented young goalkeeper who is held in very high regard by the club’s coaching staff.
The stopper was born in Washington and initially joined the Academy on a two-year scholarship in summer 2010.
Jordan kicked off the 2011-12 campaign by being included in the squad for the first team’s pre-season trip to Germany and he then quickly established himself as first choice at under-18 level.
After a loan spell with Darlignton, Pickford returned to the Stadium of Light and made his first-team debut as a substitute for Ben Wilson in the 3-2 friendly win over FC Groningen at the 2012 Peace Cup in South Korea.
Jordan featured 12 times for Kevin Ball’s development squad in 2012-13; his appearances came either side of a loan spell with Conference Premier side Alfreton Town.
Pickford played 12 times for the Reds, keeping five clean sheets; as Nicky Law’s side recorded their highest ever finish in the club’s history.
At the end of last season, Jordan travelled to Belgium with Noel Blake’s England U19 side for the elite stages of the UEFA U19 European Championship. Pickford played twice at the tournament taking his tally to 33 youth international caps since making his debut for England U16 in 2009.
Jordan joined Burton Albion on loan in August 2013, later re-joining for a second spell before being recalled to Wearside.
In February 2014, Pickford joined League One side Carlisle United on loan and impressed during his time at Brunton Park.
The shot-stopper then joined League One side Bradford City on loan in July 2014 and enjoyed regular first-team football whilst with the Bantams.