Jackson eager to grasp his opportunity at the Shay

Worksop Town v Frickley Athletic in the S&H Senior Cup Final.  Jamie Jackson celebrates his first goal (w120508-17h)
Worksop Town v Frickley Athletic in the S&H Senior Cup Final. Jamie Jackson celebrates his first goal (w120508-17h)

New Town signing Jamie Jackson admits he feared he wouldn’t be given a chance at Conference National level after signing a permanent deal with FC Halifax Town.

The Shaymen are Jackson’s ninth club after a nomadic few years in non-league that has also included trial spells at York and, most recently, Alfreton earlier this summer.

The striker says his impressive performances at Alfreton helped catch the eye of Town boss Neil Aspin but concedes jumping from club to club has been a testing experience.

He said: “It’s not easy, every player wants to get a home and know what to expect every week.

“It’s been a massive roller-coaster these past few weeks but I have enjoyed it - it was nice to play at a good standard of football again.

“I tried not to put too much pressure on myself, if you try too much it can count against you.

“I did my best and if it hadn’t worked out I wouldn’t have had any regrets but thankfully I did enough.

“I’ve always said if I got the chance to play at a decent standard I would be able to up my game but it’s been a long time coming to get my chance.

“It was starting to get to that point where I hadn’t given up but I was starting doubt whether I would ever get the opportunity.

“The lower I got in football the harder I found it.

“But there are going to be times when we’re going away to grounds where the environment isn’t as nice as the Shay but I’ve been in the lower leagues so I’ll be used to those surroundings.

“I’ll be up for every game.”

Jackson sustained an ankle ligament injury in the behind-closed-doors friendly with Middlesbrough under 21s on Tuesday, but is hoping to recover in time to play against Buxton tomorrow.

The 27-year-old was at Chesterfield with Town team-mate Adam Smith and, like his brother Kevin Davies, started his career with the Spireites.

He was on the opposing side to his sibling during Town’s recent friendly with Preston and said Davies advised him to sign up with the Shaymen.

He said: “I’m good friends with Adam and I think word went along the grapevine that the gaffer wanted me to come in for the Preston game and it wasn’t a hard decision to say yes.

“Obviously with Kevin being my brother it’s been a lifelong thing that I wanted to play with him and I realised I wasn’t going to get too many more opportunities.

“It was a shame we weren’t on the pitch at the same time but it was a proud moment and a lot of my family came down.

“I’m very proud of what he’s achieved in his career and there have been plenty of times where he’s offered me advice down the years.

“I was speaking to him about the move to Halifax before they offered me a deal and he said it was a great club and he was impressed with the ground and the fans.”