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‘He brings pace and an enthusiasm to his play’ - Hurst excited to see Jackson in action

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 August 2018

Kayden Jackson has signed a three-year deal with Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFC

Kayden Jackson has signed a three-year deal with Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFC

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Paul Hurst is excited to see what damage Kayden Jackson’s pace can do in the Championship but warned his new striker he still has more to prove after reaching the second tier.

Jackson became Hurst’s ninth summer signing following his move from Accrington for an initial £1.6million yesterday, with the Town boss seeing the 24-year-old as a central striker.

Hurst worked with Jackson briefly in 2016 after taking him on loan to Grimsby and now wants to see the striker push himself as he makes the step up. Asked what he likes most about his new No.9, Hurst replied: “Pace. Pace and an enthusiasm to his play and the challenge of stepping up.

“I don’t want him to come in and think ‘oh that’s it now’ because I want him to kick on and score a lot of goals in the Championship.

“He brings a different dynamic up there and he’s someone I’ve worked with so knows his character.

“From when I’ve worked with him as his manager there’s been a quite a bit of improvement in Kayden, hence the reason we’ve gone in for him.”

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Hurst believes Jackson’s pace and eye for goal will give him flexibility to test the Blues’ opponents in different ways but accepts Jackson may need to add different sides to his game given the fact he will be playing against a better standard of defender.

“I’m sure what Kayden will encounter is that players read the game better and are, in general, better athletes in this league so he won’t be able to run away from them quite as well,” he said.

“Teams aren’t going to be silly. They will know about Kayden so he’ll have to be a bit clever in his play and that’s something we will look to help him with.

“But I think he’s one who will worry teams because nobody likes to play against pace. If teams do decide to sit off, then that should create space for our ball-playing midfielders and wide players.

“You want a mix so teams can’t just set up one way and nulify you and I think he is a real asset to us.

“I’ve brought him in as a centre forward but that’s not to say he won’t play in a different position. If you need a goal, you want to have goalscorers on the pitch for you.”

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