Goals are on the way, warns Jackson
PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:26 10 September 2010
Simeon Jackson is not about to panic over when his first Norwich City goal will come following his big summer move to Carrow Road. The 23-year-old signed a two-year deal after leaving relegated League One side Gillingham earlier this month, in a transfer believed to be worth up to £1m depending on both City's and Jackson's future success.
Simeon Jackson is not about to panic over when his first Norwich City goal will come following his big summer move to Carrow Road.
The 23-year-old signed a two-year deal after leaving relegated League One side Gillingham earlier this month, in a transfer believed to be worth up to £1m depending on both City's and Jackson's future success.
Despite appearing in pre-season friendlies at Stevenage, Dagenham and Redbridge, and the midweek goalless draw at League Two Lincoln City, chances for Jackson have been few and far between.
But the Canadian international, who is still catching up with his new team-mates' fitness levels, is confident the goals will come - as well as being aware of the City faithful's expectations following his big move.
“It will come,” said Jackson. “We're a good side and we create chances, so once the chances are there, you do tend to get the opportunity to put them away. So I'm definitely looking forward to that first one and when that comes then we'll go again.
“However long it takes, it takes. For me obviously the quicker it gets in, the easier it is, but it is part and parcel of it really.”
The same goes for the pressure of a big price tag on Jackson's Priestfield Stadium exit, with an initial fee of £600,000 widely reported.
“The fans are going to be wondering when I play and wanting results straight away; as I said, it's part and parcel of it and you've just got to get on with it,” added Jackson.
“There's a powerful strikeforce here and everyone is looking to score goals and work hard, and it's up to the manager (who he picks).
“I'm coming in, I'm going to work hard and do what I can to get in the team and score some goals, so we'll see how we go.”
While City's clash with Lincoln at Sincil bank on Wednesday may not have presented Jackson with his first goal in yellow, it did get him another 60 minutes under his belt.
And with the prospect of hosting Premier League side Everton at Carrow Road today, Jackson is hoping to bag a full 90-minute run out soon.
“Wednesday was a good workout for me,” said Jackson. “It's good to get as many games as you can before the season starts, so it's another 60 minutes for me and you just keep ticking on.
“I feel I'm getting closer (to the others) now. Once I get the first 90 under my belt, there's nothing like that. So when I get that one under, that will definitely give me a good benchmark. I'm feeling good and looking forward to it.”
All in all Jackson is already enjoying life at Norwich and, despite other potential summer suitors, he admitted a move to Norwich was always his priority.
“The boys have been brilliant since I've come in, making me feel at home,” he said. “It's just about getting to know everyone and getting to feed off how we're trying to play.
“You haven't got time for a bedding in period really. You have to try and fit in straight away and try and hit the ground running. Yes, it might take a little while but you do your best and everyone gels together to try and get where we want to go as a team.
“There are quite a few faces I knew at the club, so it's getting the right mix and gelling together, and it's looking good at the minute.
“Norwich is a big club and the aspirations are to go into the division above as well…as a player this is where you want to be playing your football.
“It was an easy choice (to come to Norwich) - I made my mind up straight away as soon as I found out there was interest from Norwich.
“There were one or two other ones but this was the one that I really was holding out for.”