Jason Shackell is a tall left-footed centre-back from Stevenage
who progressed through three years of Norwich's academy.
He signed a two year professional contract towards the end of
January 2003. He became the first home-grown player to sign a
long-term deal for five years. For though Aylsham's Lewis
Blois was handed a one-year professional contract to prove
his worth, Darel Russell was the last
Colney product to sign for longer - way back in November, 1997.The
hope is that the security of a two-year contract will allow Shackell
to blossom into a regular member of Worthington's first-team squad.
"The boy deserves the two years," said Worthington.
"It takes the pressure off him. Rather than just having
the 12 months, he's got 24 months to go and produce." Size,
maturity and a good left foot are three good reasons why the teenager
can now look forward to a professional career at Carrow Road.
"He's a good size for a centre-half," said Worthington,
with Shackell standing a good 6ft 2in tall. "Plus he's
matured over the last 12 to 18 months, both as a player and as
a young man. He's joined with the professionals in training and
held his own very well and I wouldn't have any problem with putting
him in if the situation arose."
Jason became the third Academy player, after Ian
Henderson and Dean Sinclair, to
make his first team debut during 2002/03 when he played against
Derby in a 2-1 defeat on March 5th 2003 replacing Adam
Drury at the last minute when Drury succumbed to a virus.
Shackell was appointed the club's captain for the 2007/8 campaign
and signed a new contract in October 2007 keeping him at Carrow
Road until 2010. He lost the captaincy to Mark
Fotheringham after Glenn Roeder was
In July 2008, he was the subject of a £1m bid from Wolves
but this was rejected by Glenn Roeder as the Canaries only had
4 recognised defenders in their squad at the time of the enquiry.
On 1st September 2008, Jason finally moved to Wolves, signing
a four year contract for a fee rumoured to be between £750,000
Shackell made a surprise return to Norwich on 10th February 2009
sgning on loan until the end of the season. he had played just
13 games for Wolves. He made his second debut for Norwich in the
1-0 defeat at Preston on 14th February 2009. He made 14 appearances
for City whilst onloan but could not help City avoid relegatito
League One following their 4-2 defeat to Charlton on 3rd May 2009
Shackell was loaned out again on 14th August 2009, joining Doncaster
Rovers on an initial month-long loan. This was extended initially
until the end of December 2009 and then aagin until the end of
the 2009-10 season.
In mid-May 2010, Jason signed for Mark Robins'
Barnsley, and became captain
At the end of the 2010/11 season, Shackell was linked with Burnley,
Derby (who had two failed bids) and Portsmouth (who were due for
talks over a £1million move). Jason eventually signed for
Derby on 21st June 2011 on a three year contract for a fee believed
to be in the excess of £1m
In May 2012, he was the subject of a £1.2million bid from
Burnley which Derby rejected. It was eventually accepted on 5th
July 2012 for an undisclosed fee which the BBC thought was £1.1million.
Derby had turned down 4 bids for Shackell. Shackell signed a four
year contract with Burnley. Shackell said "I knew Derby
were quite keen to get some money in so I thought it could be
a possibility. I had a great year there last year and I got on
really well with the lads. It's a fantastic club and I really
did enjoy my time. But if the club wanted to cash in, as they
say, it left me in a difficult position. I'm not going to hang
about somewhere where you're not sure where you stand. Once I
met the gaffer (Eddie Howe) and his team, I was very impressed
and I was really looking forward to coming down. "
Shackell and Burnley won promotion to the Premier League on April
21 2014 when they beat Wigan 2-0. They were relegated at the end
of the following season.
On 23rd July 2015, Jason rejoined Derby
On 25th January 2018, Shackell was loaned to Millwall until the end of the 2017/18 season. He has six months left on his deal with the Rams and could join Millwall permanently when it expires. he has been out-of-favour since Gary Rowett took over as manager in March 2017. He has made just two appearances in 2017/18 for his parent club, both in the EFL Cup.