Written by Harry Mallett
Ipswich today announced their ninth summer signing Kayden Jackson from Accrington Stanley.
After fighting off potential suitors QPR and League One side Peterborough for the striker signature, with the reported fee said to be an initial £1.6 million from Accrington Stanley rising to £2 million with Barnsley getting 30% of the profits.
The 24 year old who signed a three-year deal with the blues with the option of an extra year, had his best season to date last season when he helped Stanley win promotion from League Two as champions with his 16 goals in 45 appearances.
Paul Hurst said earlier in his pre match presser that “I have been monitoring his progress. He has electric pace and all round quality in his game. He can get better too.”
Jackson, born in Bradford, signed for Swindon in 2013, after winning their “win a pro contract competition”.
Later that season he joined oxford on loan scoring eight goals in 23 games and then joined Tamworth and then Wrexham the following seasons.
Despite not being overly prolific for Wrexham in the national league only scoring 4 goals in 36 appearances in the 2015-16 season, he earned a move to then Championship side Barnsley but he failed to make an appearance for the club, and was loaned out to now Ipswich manager, Hurst’s Grimsby during the 2016-17 season before moving permanently to Accrington last season where he made his big impact.
Jackson will now join Joe Garner, Freddie Sears and fellow signing Harrison compete for the striker spot, replacing the void Mcgoldrick and Waghorn have left.
All the reaction to Jackson’s signing seems to be extremely positive from Town fans on social media, particularly liking his pace and power something we lacked last season.
Also fans seems seem to be a lot more positive about signing players from the lower leagues on their way up, which is hopefully the case for Kayden.
This is Hurst most expensive signing so far as Ipswich manager who I think will play a big role in replacing the goals Martyn Waghorn left since moving to Derby.
But in this new look town team it looks like Jackson will be vying for lone striker position, although with his pace he could be option out wide if needed.
Given his lack of goals before his move to Accrington last season, the fee does represent a risk for Ipswich Town with faith Hurst seems to have in him, I am confident he will be a success.