Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Jackson out to impress

Simeon Jackson is eager to make an impression on new boss Chris Hughton

Striker Simeon Jackson is "hungry" to show new Norwich manager Chris Hughton he has what it takes to deliver goals in the Barclays Premier League.

Jackson was instrumental in helping the Canaries secure promotion to the top flight, but netted only three times in 22 appearances last term. However, after ending the campaign on target against Aston Villa, the Canada international intends to hit the ground running when the squad return for pre-season training on July 9 under Hughton.

Speaking to Canada's Red Nation on-line podcast, Jackson said: "For me personally and all the players it is the same - you want to come into pre-season showing you are fit and hungry and ready. You know you are going out there to do your best for the first game of the season."

He continued: "The manager will bring new ideas, but the mindset is still the same. I am looking forward to seeing his plans and fitting in."

Jackson was away on international duty when the news broke of Lambert's departure for Villa Park broke, following three successful seasons at the helm, which included back-to-back promotions from npower League One.

The Norwich striker will always be grateful for the Scotsman's faith after signing him from Gillingham in the summer of 2010. Now, though, Jackson has his sights firmly on making his mark in the Premier League for Hughton's new-look Canaries.

"He [Lambert] definitely pushed me and I think I have developed a lot under him. Now I just need to take that forward," Jackson said. "For me, it's about starting again with a fresh season and a fresh manager. It is about showing him what I can do and playing as much as I can for the club and doing well."

Jackson added: "The Premier League is a different beast. It is a high, demanding level. Maybe I wasn't ready for that when Norwich came in for me originally.

"I had to earn my stripes and learn the game a bit more in the Championship, but now I feel I am ready and capable of proving myself at this level."

"I am at the stage where I have to go again. There is definitely much more to come from me."