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Former Dover winger Ira Jackson loving life at Sittingbourne

Ira Jackson has assured Sittingbourne fans he is no rush to move on.

Winger Jackson has made a flying start to his Brickies career with three goals in two league games.

That’s sparked fears bigger clubs will soon be chasing the former Dover youngster but he’s happy where he is.

Ira Jackson is looking the part at Sittingbourne Picture: Sean Aidan
Ira Jackson is looking the part at Sittingbourne Picture: Sean Aidan

He was in the first-team picture at Crabble a couple of years ago but injuries have halted his progress.

He’s rebuilding his career in Bostik South East after recovering from a broken metatarsal.

Jackson said: “My main focus is to do what I can for Sittingbourne.

“People will hype it up and say 'he's too good for this level' or 'he's had a phenomenal two games' but two games don't make a season.

“Two games can get you a move but I'm looking for consistency at the moment.

“I want to prove to myself that I can play more than 90 minutes in a row without anything happening.

“It’s very professional here and a good environment for me to be in.

“There’s lot of things I’m learning and developing to help me improve.”

Sittingbourne manager Aslan Odev Picture: Chris Davey
Sittingbourne manager Aslan Odev Picture: Chris Davey

Jackson is enjoying the chance to express himself in a young team and has been impressed with manager Aslan Odev.

He said: “The most important thing for me was to get an opportunity where I could play without limits and also have a manager who believes in me.

“At the moment, Aslan is definitely the best manager for me to take me forward and push me to the next level.

“He's a phenomenal man in the sense that he's very honest, he's got a good vision of what he wants, how he sees it, he's very intelligent and very practical when it comes to the game.

“He’s a young manager but he’s proving, and I think the team is so far proving, that age is not a contributing factor to how good you can be.

“In anything, whether it's sport, any industry, if you give young people a chance they will pay you back because they've got energy and that enthusiasm to want to succeed.

“We've got that in abundance and it’s a perfect situation for me."

Sittingbourne play two home games in three days over the bank holiday weekend.

They meet Bearsted in the FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday and entertain Cray in the league on Monday.

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