Jordan Flores might not yet have played 100 games in his career but he is hoping to tick off a few major boxes before Christmas.
The midfielder was last week nominated for the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award for best goal of 2020 for his stunning volley against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium back in February.
Going head to head with some of the biggest names in football such as Luis Suarez and Son Heung-min for the prize, the 25-year-old will learn on December 11th if he has made the final shortlist of three for the award before the overall winner is announced on December 17th.
Before all that he is determined to help Dundalk to secure what would be the first point in their Europa League group stage campaign away to Molde on Thursday while he will be hoping to find the net against Rovers again on Sunday when a victory would complete his clean sweep of domestic medals having won the league, EA Sports Cup, President’s Cup and Unite the Union Champions Cup in his debut season at Oriel Park last year.
While his strike in Tallaght Stadium at the start of the year was mentioned as a possible Puskas winner back in February, the Wigan man admitted he had largely forgotten about it before being told of his nomination by team-mates last Wednesday.
“I didn’t have a clue about it to be honest,” he said after netting his fifth goal of the season against Athlone on Sunday.
“I had kind of put it to the back of my mind.The first I heard of it was Wednesday. I woke up and the lads had it in the WhatsApp group and they were all congratulating me and initially I was like ‘what for?’ but I was delighted when I heard.”
Flores admits he is a little unsure as to how the process goes from here but is no doubt hoping as many people as possible log on to vote for him before the December 9th deadline.
“I’ve not got a clue about what happens now.
“As far as I’m aware it has to get down to three goals from the initial 11. I’m not sure what happens after that but hopefully I get into the top three. If not, it’s still nice to be nominated anyway.”
Now Flores is hoping to play a part in what promises to be a big month for Dundalk with Europa League matches against Molde and Arsenal either side of Sunday’s Cup final.
“You want to be involved in these big games, especially the Cup finals,” he said.
“The group stages really haven’t gone the way we wanted them to but there’s still two big games where we want to pick up points and do ourselves proud. It’s a big month coming up.”