Former Step 5 Non League striker signs for Ipswich Town

Kayden Jackson said it was a no-brainer to choose Town over the other clubs that were interested in him.

The 24-year-old striker has completed his move to Portman Road from Accrington Stanley, signing a three year contract.

The move sees Kayden reunited with Town boss Paul Hurst, the two having worked together briefly at Grimsby and that was one of the key factors in the former Swindon player choosing Blues amid interest from elsewhere.

“There were a few offers from other clubs but once I knew Ipswich wanted me, that was it. I just wanted it to happen,” Kayden told iFollow Ipswich.

“I enjoyed working with the gaffer and Doigy [Chris Doig, assistant manager] at Grimsby and to have the chance to work with them again, it was a no-brainer for me.

“It has not been an easy few weeks with all the speculation going on but I took it as a confidence booster that other clubs wanted me.

“I just concentrated on what I could control and just hoped it would get done and now it is, I’m delighted. It’s unbelievable.

“I’ve always wanted to play at the highest level possible and I’ve got the chance now to play in the Championship with Ipswich. I’ve got to take it with both hands.”

Born in Bradford, Jackson played for NCEL step 5 non-league side Albion Sports before signing for Swindon Town after winning their ‘Win a Pro Contract’ competition. He joined Swindon Supermarine on loan in August 2013; the deal was extended in September 2013 after he scored five goals in seven games for the club. Later that season he also spent a loan spell at Oxford City. After leaving Swindon he played for Tamworth and Wrexham.

After rejecting a new contract at Wrexham in May 2016,he signed for Barnsley later that month. He signed on loan for Grimsby Town in July 2016.[l He scored on his debut for the club in a 2–0 win over Morecambe on 6 August 2016. Jackson returned to his parent club Barnsley in February 2017 after his season long loan was retracted.

He signed for Accrington Stanley in July 2017. He scored on his debut for Accrington, on the opening game of the 2017–18 season. He scored 16 goals in 44 EFL League Two appearances, to help Accrington claim the title and earn promotion to EFL League One.

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