Town star reveals Cool Runnings inspiration for jersey name

Date published: Friday 23rd February 2018 11:06

Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen has revealed why ‘Zanka’ appears on the back of his jersey.

Jorgensen joined Town in the summer from FC Copenhagen but the 27-year-old takes to the field for the Premier League new boys with a nickname rather than his birth name across his back.

The 27-year-old has revealed he was first given the nickname during his youth career at B.93.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: “My former youth coach had seen the movie ‘Cool Runnings’ and we were coming back from training about 20 minutes from where I was living in Copenhagen and we had to cram a lot of people in the car.

“I was sat in front of the passenger seat in what seemed like a bobsleigh and he looked down and said ‘Sanka’ [one of the characters in the film) and it caught on.

“By the end of high school everyone was calling me ‘Zanka’ and when I signed my first contract at Copenhagen they asked me what I wanted on my shirt.

“My Mum was saying I could take my dad’s name ‘Jattah-Njie’ or her name Jorgensen and then the sporting director said: ‘How about Zanka?’

“It’s more recognisable than Jorgensen as a lot of people are named Jorgensen in Scandinavia.”

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