Sheffield Wednesday defender makes surprise move to League One club

Jordan Thorniley is no longer a Sheffield Wednesday player after he secured a surprise move to League One Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.

Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 9:50 am

The 23-year-old Everton academy prospect leaves Hillsborough after making 35 appearances for the Owls since his move from Merseyside in the summer of 2016.

Thorniley, who proved himself to be a committed defender during his time with both the first team and the club’s development squad, found his involvement curtailed this season.

He played a full 90 minutes in both of the club’s Carabao Cup matches, including against his beloved Everton in the third round, but failed to make a league appearance under Garry Monk, making the bench on three occasions.

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Blackpool FC chief executive Ben Mansford said: “Jordan has been one of our main targets for the winter window, so we are delighted to have this sorted at this early stage.

“Jordan comes having had a good upbringing at Everton and he has continued to develop after moving to Sheffield Wednesday.

“As well as being impressed with Jordan as a footballer, we were also impressed with his desire to come and play for Blackpool FC.”

He joins Simon Grayson’s Tangerines in tenth place in the third tier and has signed a two-and-a-half year deal.

Jordan Thorniley has moved to Blackpool. Pic Steve Ellis.

A statement from a Sheffield Wednesday spokesperson said: “Sheffield Wednesday would like to thank Jordan for his services and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”