Hugill with Preston North End in 2016
|Full name||Jordan Thomas Hugill|
|Date of birth||4 June 1992|
|Place of birth||Middlesbrough, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2008–2009||Seaham Red Star|
|2012||→ Marske United (loan)|
|2013||→ Gateshead (loan)||7||(5)|
|2014–2018||Preston North End||103||(23)|
|2015||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||6||(1)|
|2015||→ Hartlepool United (loan)||8||(4)|
|2018–2020||West Ham United||3||(0)|
|2018–2019||→ Middlesbrough (loan)||37||(6)|
|2019–2020||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||39||(13)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:30, 8 May 2021 (UTC)|
A relative late comer to the professional game, he had spells with non-League sides Seaham Red Star, Consett, Whitby Town and Marske United, and also spent time at the then Glenn Hoddle Academy club Jerez Industrial in Spain. He was signed by Port Vale in June 2013, and made his debut for the club four months later following a productive loan spell at Gateshead. He signed with Preston North End in June 2014. He was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers in February 2015 and then Hartlepool United the following month. He was signed by Premier League side West Ham United in January 2018 for an undisclosed fee. He returned to the Championship the following transfer window in a season-long loan to Middlesbrough and then was loaned to Queens Park Rangers for the 2019–20 season. He was sold to Norwich City for a fee of up to £5 million in August 2020 and helped the club to win the Championship title in the 2020–21 season.
Hugill, who was a pupil at Nunthorpe School, attended George Smith's academy in Hemlington from the age of nine. He began his career with Northern League club Seaham Red Star at the age of 16, and was due to go on trial at Sunderland before he was struck down with an ankle injury in September 2009. He later moved on to Consett, but left his contract in August 2010 to spend two years at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain.
He signed with Whitby Town in December 2011 and scored in his debut game against Nantwich Town, only to damage his anterior cruciate ligament later in the match and spend the next ten months out injured. He joined Marske United in October 2012 initially on loan so as to regain match fitness. His last appearance for Marske came in the final of the North Riding Senior Cup, where they were beaten 3–0 by Pickering Town. During his time at the club he worked as a barman at the Dickens Inn in Middlesbrough.
Hugill signed with League One club Port Vale in June 2013. He was loaned out to Gateshead of the Conference Premier on 20 September 2013. "Tynesiders" boss Gary Mills stated that Hugill was a "talented... goalscorer" and put him in the starting line-up for the next match. He scored his first goal for the club on 24 September in a 3–2 win over Chester at the Gateshead International Stadium. He finished his loan spell with five goals in four starts and three substitute appearances.
He made his debut for the "Valiants" on 22 October, and played the first 75 minutes of a 3–0 victory over Crawley Town. He performed well on his debut, justifying his manager's surprise decision to play him alongside fellow Glenn Hoddle Academy graduate Ben Williamson in place of established strikers Tom Pope and Lee Hughes.
First of all you have to say well done to our chief scout, George Foster, who spotted his potential playing in non-league. We had him with us last season and the one thing he struggled with was his fitness. Pre-season was a struggle for him as well. He is a big old boy, not used to a professional pre-season, but is one of those lads who never gives up. You ask him to pull out of things and he doesn't want to do that.
He scored his first Football League goal on 16 November, scoring the final goal of a 3–1 victory over Shrewsbury Town at Vale Park; after the match Adams said that the club had "unearthed a gem" in Hugill. Hugill continued to turn out for the first team, but admitted that he needed to work on his fitness to play a full 90 minutes of professional football. At the end of the 2013–14 campaign he was named as the club's Young Player of the Year, and also featured in Vale's Staffordshire Senior Cup final defeat to Rushall Olympic. However, in the summer Micky Adams confirmed that Hugill had rejected the club's offer of a new contract, and stated: "It is disappointing ... we spent a lot of time and effort with Jordan last season, but we will have to accept it." The club were forced to sell him for a cheap price, though Adams successfully negotiated a 20% sell on clause that would net the club a £1.8 million windfall.
Preston North EndEdit
Hugill signed a two-year contract with League One club Preston North End in June 2014, who paid Port Vale an undisclosed fee; manager Simon Grayson stated that "he's young, he's raring to go, hungry, he's a strong, powerful player, and he's got many attributes that will help us along the way this season and complement the squad well". He had an eventful match after coming on for Andrew Little as a 20th-minute substitute at Walsall on 13 September; he provided an assist for Joe Garner before being sent off for clashing with opposition defender Andy Butler, he also picked up an injury in the game that required surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines. He returned to fitness in February 2015, at which point he joined his former Vale manager Micky Adams at League Two side Tranmere Rovers for a one-month loan spell.
On 26 March 2015, loan deadline day, Hugill signed for bottom-placed League Two club Hartlepool United on loan until the end of the season; "Pools" boss Ronnie Moore said that "It just didn't work at Tranmere. But we've seen a lot of him and he'll go straight in and get goals for us, no doubt about it". He scored four goals in eight games for the club, including the winning goal against Exeter City at Victoria Park that secured Hartlepool's place in the English Football League. He was an unused substitute at Wembley in the play-off final as Preston won promotion into the Championship.
He signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract in October 2015. He ended the 2015–16 campaign with five goals in 32 games. He continued to impress in the 2016–17 season, and was given another new two-and-a-half-year contract in September 2016. The club rejected an offer of £1.5 million from Ipswich Town in January 2017. He ended the 2016–17 season with 13 goals in 47 appearances to end up as Preston's top-scorer. He started the 2017–18 season in good form and was linked with a number of clubs in the summer transfer window. He handed in a transfer request on 29 August 2017.
West Ham UnitedEdit
On 31 January 2018, Hugill completed a deadline day signing for Premier League club West Ham United in a reported £10 million transfer deal, becoming manager David Moyes' second signing at the London Stadium. However he was restricted to a handful of brief cameos in the second half of the 2017–18 season, playing just 22 minutes in total.
On 8 August 2018, Hugill returned to the Championship on a season-long loan to Middlesbrough. On 10 November, he opened his league account for the club by scoring both goals in a 2–0 win over Wigan Athletic at the Riverside Stadium and was subsequently named on the EFL team of the week. He battled with Britt Assombalonga for the role as target man striker and scored seven goals in 41 appearances during the 2018–19 season as Tony Pulis's "Boro" side missed out on the play-offs by one point.
On 28 July 2019, Hugill joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers on loan for the 2019–20 season. Manager Mark Warburton said he hoped Hugill would "lead the line" and link up well with fellow loanee striker Jan Mlakar. He scored on his "Hoops" debut on 3 August as they recorded a season opening 2–1 victory at Stoke City. He ended the season with 15 goals in 41 appearances throughout the 2019–20 campaign.
After two loan spells and just three appearances, amounting to 22 minutes of playing time for West Ham, on 24 August 2020 he joined recently relegated Championship team Norwich City, for a fee "that could be worth £5m". He signed a three-year contract and was given the club's number nine shirt. He scored his first goal for the "Canaries", a late penalty, in a 2–1 win at Rotherham United on 17 October. A hamstrong injury meant he was limited to just seven league starts in the 2020–21 season, though he still scored five goals from 34 appearances in all competitions as Norwich secured promotion back to the Premier League as Championship title winners. Manager Daniel Farke said that Hugill was "a key player for me... I don't just rate a player because of his minutes and his impact on the pitch. You don’t win a title or promotion just as 11 players. A leader in our dressing room and one of the main topics why we were promoted".
Style of playEdit
Hugill is a target man forward, has great strength and is able to out-muscle opposition defenders. Former Port Vale teammate Tom Pope stated that Hugill had an excellent attitude and "was desperate to learn and improve".
- As of match played 8 May 2021
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Port Vale||2013–14||League One||20||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||24||5|
|Gateshead (loan)||2013–14||Conference Premier||7||5||—||—||—||7||5|
|Preston North End||2014–15||League One||3||0||0||0||2||1||1[a]||1||6||2|
|Tranmere Rovers (loan)||2014–15||League Two||6||1||—||—||—||6||1|
|Hartlepool United (loan)||2014–15||League Two||8||4||—||—||—||8||4|
|West Ham United||2017–18||Premier League||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2019–20||Championship||39||13||2||2||0||0||—||41||15|
Preston North End
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