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Interview: Jorrin John

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This is an interview with the former Leicester City youngster, Jorrin John, focusing on his footballing experiences in the kingdom of Thailand with Thai Premier League Division 1 side, Suphan Buri FC.

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Interview: Jorrin John

  1. 1. 4/4/12 Leicester Citys Jorrin John: Away with the Warriors in Thailand - Goal.com Leicester Citys Jorrin John: Away with the Warriors in Thailand Steve Thompson caught up with Leicester City academy product Jorrin John who has spent the past six months on loan at Thai Division 1 outfit Suphanburi FC (the Warriors) Sign up with 188BET for a FREE bet up to £25 – Great Prices, Every Game Open an account with Sportingbet today and get up to £50 in free bets! Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25 Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200 Sign up with Paddy Power for a free bet up to £50 $(document).ready(function() { Goal.widget(betting).rotator( default-1, $(.betting- widget-default-1 table) ); }); Feb 17, 2012 1:00:00 AMgoal.com/en/news/1276/south-east-asia/2012/…/leicester-citys-jorrin-john-away-with-the-warriors-in 1/4
  2. 2. 4/4/12 Leicester Citys Jorrin John: Away with the Warriors in Thailand - Goal.com Steve Thompson EXCLUSIVE By Steve Thompson | Thai Football Editor English midfielder Jorrin John has taken a different path to many before him, having come through the Leicester City academy, before being loaned to Thai first division outfit Suphanburi FC. Leicesters Thai owner Vichai Raksriaksorn naturally played a big part in seeing John head to South-East Asia, an unusual loan move for a young footballer in England. However, Suphanburi, also known as the Warriors, arent your typical second tier club, with the Silpa- archas involved, suggesting theres plenty of ambition. Dont Miss Winfried Schafer calls for Thailand focusSoleb facing ban from NT after drunk driving Goal.com caught up with John to discuss his time in Thailand. Goal.com: Could you tell our readers how you ended up playing professional football in Thailand? Jorrin John: I was under contract at Leicester City at the time and theres a connection between the clubs (Thai) owners and Thai clubs. They told me there was an opportunity to come out here and see what I could do! There were a few English teams interested in me, but I was looking for a new challenge, so the move overseas made sense. Goal.com: You initially signed with Muang Thong United – how did the loan deal (to Suphanburi) transpire? JJ: I went on loan to get some experience of Thai football because I am still young andgoal.com/en/news/1276/south-east-asia/2012/…/leicester-citys-jorrin-john-away-with-the-warriors-in 2/4
  3. 3. 4/4/12 Leicester Citys Jorrin John: Away with the Warriors in Thailand - Goal.com need playing experience, as its a lot different to English football. Goal.com: What were your first impressions of Thai football and how have they changed since making the move to the kingdom? JJ: Initially, I thought it could be very easy, but it certainly isnt easy and you have to play with your brain and be clever. I like it because its all pass, pass. "There are quite a few (impressive players) at Muang Thong, but the one I like most is the number seven (midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao). He has good technique and is a good passer of the ball" Goal.com: Which Thai players have impressed you during your stay? JJ: There are quite a few at Muang Thong, but the one I like most is the number seven (midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao). He has good technique and is a good passer of the ball. Goal.com: Did you get to meet the Raksriaksorns? Do the fans generally support the clubs owners? JJ: Yes, Ive actually met them a few times and theyre very nice people. Theyre the reason Ive got a bit of playing experience in Thailand now. Leicester is a massive club - in my eyes a Premiership club - so it doesnt matter who the owners are, in my opinion, so long as they want to get the team back where it belongs. Goal.com: Which players at Leicester do you rate right now? JJ: Well, there are a few who are my close mates, but the players I would have to go for based on your question are Jeffrey Schlupp and Andy King – very good young prospects for the future. Goal.com: Is it fair to suggest that Suphanburi FC is a very ambitious club? JJ: Yes, Suphanburi is a very ambitious club, which is looking to move into the Thai Premier League (TPL) this year. We have a very good executive (Varawut Silpa-archa [president]), who really looks after the team. "Leicester is a massive club - in my eyes a Premiership club - so it doesnt mattergoal.com/en/news/1276/south-east-asia/2012/…/leicester-citys-jorrin-john-away-with-the-warriors-in 3/4
  4. 4. 4/4/12 Leicester Citys Jorrin John: Away with the Warriors in Thailand - Goal.com who the owners are, in my opinion, so long as they want to get the team back where it belongs" Goal.com: Which of your team-mates have you been most impressed with and how do you fancy your chances this season? JJ: There are quite a few good players at the club – too many to name! The point is, if we work together as a team, were all good players. The teams that were relegated from the 2011 TPL (Khon Kaen, Siam Navy and Sri Racha) will be hard to beat, but I think Suphanburi has the potential to be up there with the best. Goal.com: What are the biggest changes youve had to make since moving to Thailand in terms of one Football, and two Lifestyle? JJ: In terms of football, Ive had to change my game a bit, youve just got to be clever. Ill have to see how the league develops. My lifestyle has had to change a lot and I have had to become more independent and learn to look after myself a lot more. Goal.com: What do you miss most about home and like best about your new home? JJ: Well, I miss my family and friends, but I know they will always be supportive and be there for me, pushing me all the way. Thailand is a great country, which is very affordable. It has very friendly people and nice beaches! Goal.com: What advice would you give an aspiring young player? JJ: Keep going! There will be more good days than bad. Dont dwell on the past, you have to keep going if you want it bad enough, no matter what level you are playing at. Goal.com: Thanks very much for your time! JJ: Youre welcome. Follow Steve Thompson on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/custodians. Follow Goal.com Asia on and for the latest in Asian footballing news, features, and analysisgoal.com/en/news/1276/south-east-asia/2012/…/leicester-citys-jorrin-john-away-with-the-warriors-in 4/4

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