Jackson joins the Jets

Disrespecting the competition? Nah. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

 (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Young Brisbane Roar defender Lachlan Jackson has left the club in search of first team football, joining the Newcastle Jets on a one year senior contract.

Jackson, 20, spent five years as part of the Roar’s youth side, going from a fringe player to a key part of the side that went within a solitary goal of winning last years competition.

Despite that however, it wasn’t until the penultimate week of last years regular season that the young defender got the chance to make his A-League debut, when he came off the bench late on against the Melbourne Victory.

Just three days later, Jackson started as part of a young Roar side, keeping the leagues best striker Besart Berisha quiet as the Victory won 1-0 after a dubious penalty.

In his final game for Brisbane, Jackson scored the winner against his now new team, when he scored a goal from a corner late in the 2-1 win over Newcastle in round 27.

While Jackson’s departure could affect the medium to long term, in the short term Brisbane should be able to cover for his loss this season with the likes of Luke DeVere, James Donachie, Daniel Bowles and Jade North as central defenders on the books.

Despite that, it’s never good to see young players who’ve been progressed from the youth team depart the club in search of first team football. All the best to Lachlan for the future, hopefully he can reach his potential in Newcastle.

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