Ex-Dundee United starlet Jordan Moore quits football to head up cancer campaign

Jordan and his mum Angela.
Jordan and his mum Angela.

A FORMER Dundee United starlet who beat skin cancer has revealed he’s taken the heartbreaking decision to hang up his boots.

Jordan Moore, 22, battled the disease during his time at Tannadice — having signed up to play for the Arabs in his teens.

The club made the decision to release him last December after he had struggled to make an impact on the first team following his illness in 2014.

Now, the ex-striker is heading up a new campaign, Stand Up To Cancer in Scotland — a joint venture between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

It’s aiming to highlight how one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

Jordan, who is considering a career in the police, most recently played in Ireland for Limerick.

He said today: “Football has been my whole life, so moving on from that now is incredibly tough.

“I went straight up to Dundee to train full time as soon as I left school aged 16. I loved my time in Dundee. It’s a brilliant city to live in.

“I trained every day, even on Christmas Day, and I’ve never had to think about another job until now.

“But there is so much more out there that I can do. I want to go down the road of helping people, instead of concentrating just on football.

“When I was first told I had skin cancer, the doctor asked me if I was always out in the sun or using sunbeds.

“I’ve never used sunbeds but I grew up playing football outside every day wearing no sunscreen, so my skin must have been exposed to the sun all those years.

“That’s why I now believe it’s vital when kids are out training on football pitches to make sure they’re wearing sunscreen to protect their skin.

“I’m so proud to support Stand Up To Cancer and I want to encourage as many people as possible to join me and stand up to this devastating disease.”

Jordan’s parents, Gordon and Angela Moore, are supporting him in his new venture.

Angela, 48, of Bishopbriggs, said: “I was in the hospital room with Jordan when he was told he had cancer.

“When the doctor gives you a big cuddle before giving you news you think, what’s this? We had just never expected it.

“If I could, I’d have taken it all on myself instead of watching my son go through it.”

Jordan — who received a special merit award by PFA Scotland during his playing career — says an experience at United made him think about how to approach a cancer diagnosis. He said: “Do whatever is right for you. Don’t listen to anybody who says you have to be a certain way.

“I’ve had brilliant support from my pals in the football world and my family.

“Before my second operation, the then Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara fixed it for me to go to Prague with friends for a holiday.

“I loved every moment of that time in Prague and it was a laugh a second.

“It helped me realise how important it is to try not to get too down about cancer and to grab every chance you can to enjoy life.”

The national Stand Up To Cancer campaign culminates on October 21 with a night of live TV, backed by stars of film, TV and music.

Scots can also show their support for the campaign by visiting standuptocancer.org.uk and buying a range of merchandise.