Former Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi has long tipped Jesse Joronen for a bright future in the game and the Finnish Under-21 international doesn’t want to disappoint.
Now in his third full season at the Club, the young stopper has made significant strides despite injury and competition for a starting spot limiting his contribution last term. However, such is his natural grasp of the position, Joronen is still considered a top prospect.
The command and governance that he demonstrates within his box belie his tender years, while his capacity for a seemingly impossible save never fails to catch the eye. Last season he even represented Finland's 'A' team in a game against Trinidad and Tobago.
Having worked closely with the young keeper in the past, Niemi has tipped him for the top. Determined and committed, Joronen now enters an important phase of his personal development. He signed a short-term loan deal with Maidenhead United in October 2012 to aid his progress. The deal was later extended until 12th January 2013.
On 3rd May of the same year, Joronen returned to his homeland to join FC Lahti on loan until 5th August 2013.