City’s new No.10 Simeon Jackson has revealed his delight after jetting out to join his new team-mates in Germany.
The former Gillingham striker agreed a two-year deal at Carrow Road for an ‘undisclosed’ fee yesterday, and he’s immediately linked up with the League One champions on their training camp near Bonn.
And the Canadian international, who has cost the Canaries in the region of £500,000, is excited about his new challenge.
“I am just glad it is over and done with now and I have put pen to paper. I can look forward to the season now,” he told Canaries Player today.
“Everyone knows Norwich is a massive club. The gaffer and his assistant played a major part as well and I’m just delighted to be here and want to get on with things.
“Coming from a relegated side to one that has been promoted is a bit different. But it is a challenge I’m looking forward to – I’m really excited.
“I know what he [Paul Lambert] is about and what he is looking for, as well as what the club are looking for. It is an extremely exciting time at the club.”
Jackson joined in with training for the first time today and the 23-year-old, despite being born in the Caribbean heat of Jamaica, found it tough work.
“It was very hot! I’ve missed out on most of the week with what the lads have been doing so I definitely need to get training now and catch up with them.
“They have been very welcoming – all of them. I know Andy Crofts so it is good to have him here as well but as I say, the boys have been brilliant and I’m just looking forward to getting on with things now.”
With every respect to Gillingham, who will now be plying their trade in League Two, stepping out onto the Carrow Road turf in front of 27,000 will be a new experience for Jackson.
But it’s certainly one that he will relish. According to the Canada striker, this is exactly what you dream about as a young boy.
“That is what it is all about really. As a player you want to play in front of those crowds week in, week out and for me, it’s something to look forward to. I want to get out there and do well.
“I just want to come in, get in the team and do well. Hopefully I can chip in with goals as well and help the club get to where they want to go. I’m just delighted to be here.”
Jackson’s new boss is, like the pacey striker, thrilled with this week’s developments. And Lambert admitted that he has been on the Canary radar for quite some time.
“We’ve been looking at him for a few months and finally he is here which I’m delighted to see. Hopefully he will come and put pressure on the people that are here and do well for us.
“Simeon is quick and he was teriffic for Gillingham; he is a goalscorer. This is an opportunity for him to go higher and hopefully he fits in with the group and does well.”