Jets snap up former Brisbane Roar youngster

Newcastle Jets have signed promising left-sided central defender Lachlan Jackson on a one-year deal.

Townsville-born Jackson made three first team appearances for Roar last season and scored his maiden A-League goal against Newcastle in the final regular season round.

There were no hard feelings at the Newcastle outfit, however, with the 20-year-old snaring his first professional contract with the Hunter outfit.

Scoring against the Jets

Jets coach Scott Miller sees huge a big future for Jackson who will add depth and balance to his central defensive options.

“In Lachlan we see a player with substantial potential and someone who ought to benefit from being in a fulltime environment learning from experienced professionals in his position, particularly Nigel Boogaard and Daniel Mullen,” Miller said.

“He’s exceptionally driven and demonstrates sound tactical awareness and composure in possession, which are desirable traits for our club and team.

“While Lachlan starts with us on a one-season contract, we view him as a player who can develop into a regular A-League starter with the club in the coming years.

“As a club we’re excited to help Lachlan achieve his goals.”

Signing with the Jets

Jackson joins Radovan Pavicevic and Joshua Barresi as the club’s three contracted youth players.

The towering defender, a member of Roar’s 2015 AFC Champions League squad, completed his medical with the club on Friday and will link up with his teammates on Monday.

Jackson said he was delighted to be penning his first professional contract with Newcastle.

“I think moving down here is a good choice for me,” Jackson said.

“Working with Scott and ‘JP’ (Jean-Paul de Marigny) I think I can progress my career.

“Towards the end of last season I got to make a few senior appearances for Brisbane, and in the game against Newcastle I think they saw something that they liked, which is encouraging.

“I am looking forward to being part of the rebuild here in Newcastle, and helping to establish the Jets as a strong competitor.”

Inset Photo: (signing with the Jets)