Imps Defender Pens Deal Stay At The Bank

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“If I’m offered a new deal, I’ll most likely sign it, I love it here”

They were the words of Adam Jackson earlier this year, when he attended a presentation for the Priory project I attended. One of the Year Nine students had asked if he was staying with the club, and his answer was pretty certain. I didn’t report it; it wasn’t fair as I wasn’t there in an official capacity, and he wasn’t exactly going to say anything else, was he?

I got a feeling from him that evening, a feeling of a player happy with his career so far and comfortable at the club he called his home. Sometimes you get a feeling from a player that they’re not settled, I remember interviewing James Wilson and knowing straight away he wasn’t happy here. Jacko was different, I just felt like he wanted to stay. Remember, this is a defender who many were suggesting might be moving to Grimsby or Mansfield in the winter window.

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That didn’t happen. He stayed put, and this morning, it has been confirmed he will do so for another two seasons. He says he feels right at home after committing his future to the Imps until the end of the 2024/25 season. It’s great news for the club and adds a further degree of stability for us to build upon in the new season.

“I’m delighted to get it signed and commit my future to the club – I’m absolutely buzzing to stay,” he said in a short statement to the club’s official site. “I feel really settled here. I love the city and club, I work with a great group of people every day, and there was never any reason to look elsewhere.”

The 28-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.

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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 that 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.

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He joined City in the summer of 2020, scoring on his debut against Oxford United. His spell here has often been interrupted by niggling injuries, including three concussions last campaign, but in three seasons, he has amassed 95 outings for the club, including 75 League One starts. He recently got his second goal in Imps colours as we beat Port Vale 3-2.

This season he has been an outsider for the Player of the Season award, turning in some solid displays in key matches, not least away at Ipswich Town and against his former employers, Barnsley, a couple of weeks ago.

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