Name: Adam Jackson
Position: Central Defender
Born: 18 May 1994 Darlington
Former Club: Hibernian
Contract Expires: Unknown
2020/21: Appearance 20 Goals 1 (As of 14/11/21)
Achievements: Stacey West Player of the Month February 2021
Adam Jackson joined the Imps ahead of the 20/21 season, joining from Hibernian for an undisclosed fee. It is believed that fee involved no upfront sum, but instead a vested interest for the Scottish side in any future transfer involving the 26-year-old.
He made his debut at centre-half alongside Lewis Montsma in the EFL Trophy draw with Scunthorpe United, making his Imps Football League debut a couple of days later, as Oxford were beaten 1-0. Jackson got on the end of a late delivery into the box to secure the win for City.
In the absence of injured Joe Walsh, Jackson formed a formidable partnership with the Dutch defender Montsma, keeping three clean sheets in all competitions. In the 2-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers, Jackson gave away a penalty and was later sent off for a second bookable offence, which helped the Imps to their first league defeat of the season.
Three weeks later, an injury to Walsh saw Jackson return to the starting lineup as Doncaster beat the Imps 1-0, but an injury sustained in the 2-1 home victory over Wigan then ruled the defender out over the Christmas period. He returned as Montsma dropped out of the side during the Covid scare, and partnered Walsh for the first time in the season. Four clean sheets followed in six matches, culminating in the 0-0 draw with Hull City at the KCom Stadium,
The 26-year-old represented England from under 16 to under 19 level, playing 24 times in total and scoring twice, all whilst on the books of Middlesbrough. He spent time out on loan at Halifax Town, Coventry City and Hartlepool Utd, but only made his professional debut with the latter. He first appeared in the FA Cup First Round as Pool beat Cheltenham 1-0 in November 2015, making his Football League debut a week later as his side beat Leyton Orient 3-1.
He regularly turned out for Hartlepool in League Two in 2015/16, making 33 appearances and scoring three goals, but it wasn’t enough to force him into the Boro set up, and he left for Barnsley upon completion of his loan spell. He made his Tykes debut in the Championship in October 2016 as they lost 2-0 to Newcastle United. He was used sparingly under manager Paul Heckingbottom in the Championship, making 33 outings in total across two seasons. They were relegated in 2018, but bounced back a year later, with Jackson again used little, adding just six League One appearances to his tally. However, Daniel Stendel wanted to keep him at the club, but instead of penning a new deal, he moved north of the border to play for Hibs, debuting away at Stirling in the League Cup. That move saw him make 22 appearances, taking his senior total to 102, with eight goals.
He was once labelled as being ‘the first name on the teamsheet‘ at Easter Road, this for a club who finished seventh out of 12 in the Scottish top flight in 2019/20. He had fallen out of favour, again, with Heckingbottom after going against his manager’s bizarre rant in the media. He also appeared in their Scottish League Cup final against Celtic at Hampden Park and amassed 22 appearances, bagging four goals in the process.