Kingspan player of the month: Paddy Jackson
Having displayed fine form throughout the early part of 2016, Kingspan Player of the Month Paddy Jackson is thrilled to see his hard work in training pay off on the pitch.
The 24-year-old has been stand-out fly-half in Ireland of late, coming off the back of what was a frustrating World Cup, and is glad to be back in a rhythm for his province even if he hasn’t forced his way into the Six Nations match-day squad.
“The results the team have been getting, it’s obviously great to get just get nominated for this,” he said.
“To be chosen then, and by the fans as well, is great.
“I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work this season so it’s great to get recognised for that with so many players playing well.”
Jackson is the fourth winner of the award this season — the past recipients are Kyle McCall, Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall — with the list reflecting the age-profile of Les Kiss’s squad.
Jackson believes the amount of emerging talent can only bode well for the future.
“It’s great how many young players we have that are now getting their names out there and are putting in not just good performances but consistent performances as well,” he said.
“Playing already at a high level, it can only be good for the club going forward and the depth that we want in the squad as well.”
That young, homegrown talent will next season be boosted by two star signings from abroad, Charles Piutau and Marcell Coetzee, with their soon-to-be teammate excited to play alongside the big southern hemisphere acquisitions.
“There’s a few big names being signed and they’ll only add so much more depth to the squad,” Jackson said.
“It’ll cause a few headaches for the coaches, I’m sure.
“Having the big names coming in next season is going to be huge for us and it just adds to what we have here already.
“A bit of experience coming in will complement the young players too that we have doing well.”
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