Jackson looks forward to Holker Street return
Last updated at 17:40, Thursday, 19 July 2012
BARROVIAN striker Joe Jackson is excited at the prospect of facing his hometown club tonight.
The 19-year-old is, however, unsure as to whether he will celebrate – should he hit the back of the net.
Jackson is expected to be part of a Burnley development squad that will take on Barrow AFC in a pre-season friendly at Holker Street (kick-off 7pm).
The former Parkview School pupil, who had a successful loan spell with the Bluebirds towards the end of last season when he scored three goals in seven appearances, said: “It’s going to be a bit different for me playing against my hometown club, but it should be good.
“I’m excited for it, though I don’t know if I will celebrate or not if I score!”
Jackson joined Championship outfit Burnley in 2003 after he was spotted by club scouts playing junior football for Barrow-based Furness Rovers.
He scored goals for fun in the youth ranks at Turf Moor before signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2011.
And last season, after enjoying a loan spell with the Bluebirds, Jackson made his first-team debut for Burnley as a substitute during a 4-0 defeat at Blackpool in April.
The talented teenager signed a new 12-month contract with the Clarets earlier this month and scored the opening goal when the club’s development squad started their pre-season with a 2-0 win at Mossley last weekend.
“Pre-season has started well and we (the development squad) won our first game,” said Jackson.
“I feel quite sharp. I did quite a bit of training over the summer, including some athletics training in Barrow.
“We are quite a small side, but most of the players are technically good.
“We will pass it about, and supporters coming down to watch the Barrow game will see quite a technical Burnley team. There are some very good lads in the squad.”
Among the other Burnley youngsters likely to provide a goal threat tonight are Shay McCartan, Wes Fletcher and Mehdi Lazaar.
First published at 16:12, Thursday, 19 July 2012
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From what I have heard,you could read the same for Whitehaven'
What a poor side Burnley had tonight. I thought tonight would be a better standard than the rest of the friendlies but in truth Workington put up a better fight.