Striker Simeon Jackson
signed for Norwich City from Gillingham on 16th July 2010 for
a fee reported to be £600,000 and a year's loan for Cody
MacDonald at Priestfield.The 23-year-old Canadian international
put pen to paper on a two-year deal. Norwich also have a further
one-year option on keeping the striker beyond his first two seasons
at Carrow Road.
I'm delighted to have Simeon at the football club, he'll
be a great addition to the squad and will put pressure on the
other lads, said manager Paul
Lambert. He's a goalscorer, scored loads of goals
for Gillingham the last two seasons and is an international striker.
We first saw him at Rushden and Diamonds, where his goalscoring
record was brilliant and obviously came up against him last season
when he was at Gillingham.
Jackson was born in Kingston, Jamaica but grew up in Mississauga,
Ontario. He played for his local team in Canada, Sunoco FC. He
was invited to have trials with Gillingham, but was rejected by
the club. At the age of 15, he moved to England and lived with
his grandmother in Croydon.
He joined Rushden & Diamonds in 2004 and was the club's top
scorer in the 200607 season, scoring 20 goals. The next
season he was top scorer for the Diamonds in the league, scoring
16 goals, During his time with the Diamonds, he had In 2005, trials
with Manchester United and Manchester City. When he left the Diamonds
he had established himself as the club's 8th highest goalscorer,
scoring 43 goals in just over 100 games in all competitions.
In January 2008, he signed with Gillingham, for a transfer fee
of £150,000 on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made
his debut against Cheltenham Town on 2nd February 2008.
Jackson qualified for Canadian citizenship by virtue of his years
of residence there as a child. He has seven caps for the Canadian
Men's Youth (U-20) team. His first game was a friendly against
Brazil in May 2006, and he played in all three of Canada's games
at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, his last games at that level.
On 30th May 2009, Jackson made his debut for for Canada against
Cyprus, scoring the winning goal in the 53rd minute of a 10
victory. On 18th December 2009, Jackson was named the 2009 Canadian
Player of the Year.
Simeon made his City debut in the 3-2 home defeat to Watford
on 6th August 2010. He scored his first goal for Norwich in the
2-0 win over Swansea on 21st August 2010 and his first hat-trick
in the 6-0 drubbing of Scunthorpe on 2nd April 2011. His second
hat-trick came on 25th April 2011 in the 3-2 win over Derby. Jackson
then scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Portsmouth on 2nd
May 2011 that secured Norwich's promotion to the Premier League.
He finished the season with 41 appearances and 13 goals
The following season Simeon made 26 appearances and scored five
goals as Norwich finished 12th in the Premier League
The following season saw Simeon make 19 appearances, scoring
three goals. On 20th May 2013, Norwich announced that they would
renew Jackson's contract when it expired at the end of June 2013.
He had made a total of 86 appearances for Norwich, scoring 21
Despite reports linking Jackson with Bournemouth and Millwall,
he signed for newly promoted Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig
on a two year deal on 10th July 2013.
On 21st January 2014, Simeon was linked in the media with a return
to England to join Charlton. He was released by Eintracht Braunschweig
on 31st January 2014 and signed for Millwall the following day.
Jackson scored two goals in 14 appearances for Millwall but was
released at the end of the 2013/14 season.
On 18th August 2014, he signed a one year contract with Coventry
City. "Simeon is a player that has played and scored at
the highest level. He's got a great attitude and he knows what
promotion requires. His experience will be a huge benefit to the
younger players in the dressing room. His goal-scoring record
throughout the leagues also speaks for itself and I'm looking
forward to his arrival taking the competition for places among
the strikers up another gear." said boss Steven Pressley
Jackson was one of eight Sky Blues released by the club on 19th
May 2015. He had scored three goals in 30 appearances.
He joined MLS side Chicago Fire on trial in June 2015 but returned
to the UK to trial with Barnsley the following month. He was later
linked with Southend before signing for Barnsley on a short term
contract on 2nd September 2015 until January 3rd 2016. Barnsley
boss Lee Johnson said: "He's somebody who's got that experience
of promotions and scoring goals at this level."
He made 11 appearances for Barnsley but was released at the beginning of January 2016. he joined Paul Lambert's Blackburn on trial before signing a short term contract on 15th January 2016 until the end of the 2015/16 season.
On 21st May 2016, it was announced that Jackson and seven other players were free to leave the club at the end of their contract in June 2016, although of course any new manager might choose to re-sign them. he had scored twice in 19 appearances.
Jackson signed a two year contract with League One side Walsall on 18th July 2016. He will help plug the gap left by Tom Bradshaw, who has moved to Oakwell in the pursuit of Championship football. Jackson said "I want to come here, play as many games as I can, score goals and cause defenders problems. It's a new challenge for me being a senior in the changing room, but from what I know and have seen in my short time here, the set-up looks really good. The club just missed out [on promotion] last season and hopefully they can learn from it and be up there again this year."