Jordan Tillson, son of former Bristol Rovers footballer and Exeter City assistant manager Andy Tillson, played nearly 140 games for Exeter City before leaving for Ross County.
Jordan, having followed in his father’s footsteps at Bristol Rovers, moved from the Memorial Stadium to St James Park in summer 2012 as a 19-year-old first-year professional. He had earlier been a member of the Nike Academy.
After loan spells at Gloucester and Chippenham, Jordan made his first-team debut for City at Hartlepool United on the final day of the 2013/14 season. He then appeared in five games at the start of 2014/15 before heading off on loan to Weston-super-Mare.
2015/16 was something of a ‘breakthrough’ for Jordan as he made 32 appearances for the first team and netted two goals including one against Port Vale in the FA Cup. The next season started brightly enough for Jordan but, after four early appearances, he suffered a fractured ankle that caused him to miss three months of the season. Jordan was to return to the side as City went on a run to the play-offs and, although he played in the second semi-final against Carlisle, he did not feature in the Wembley final.
Jordan was a fixture in the City squad in 2017/18 when he featured in 44 games in all competitions, scoring once against Crewe in September. As the Grecians repeated the previous season’s feat of reaching the play-off final Jordan played in all three play-off games this time around. However 2018/19 was to take quite another course for both the team and Jordan himself for, after being a regular until the turn of the year, he found himself on loan at Cheltenham from the end of January to the end of the season.
In retrospect the tide had turned for Jordan. After playing just eight times in the first half of 2019/20 (just two league games and four in the EFL Trophy) he departed for Ross County on 15 January 2020 where he was to make six league appearances that season. Jordan then appeared in thirty-two league games in each of the following two seasons and, in November 2022, scored his first goal for Ross - in a 3-2 victory over St Mirren - in his 92nd appearance for the club.
Jordan signed a new contract at Ross in March 2022 to take him through to the end of the 2023/24 season although, in September 2023 after reaching 112 appearances in all competitions for Ross, he joined Dundee United on an extended loan arrangement.
League 114 (including 4 play-off); Cups 23 (137)