WELCOME RETURN: Striker Jamie Jackson (right). Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

Easton feels Jackson signing gives Spalding United an additional X-factor

Buoyant boss Matt Easton feels he’s added a sprinkle of magic to his Spalding United squad after securing the signing of striker Jamie Jackson.

The talented frontman was a prominent figure for the Tulips under the charge of Chris Rawlinson in 2017, having scored a memorable hat-trick in a 3-0 home victory over Sheffield FC.

But he moved on to Matlock Town later that season, with Spalding never really able to replace the goals and attacking threat he brought to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Easton, who has lost the services of fellow frontman Leon Mettam over the summer, feels that Jackson is the final piece of the jigsaw for his new-look squad.

He said: “We really needed to add a striker and somebody to play down the middle.

“Jamie has got that pace and quality that we really need in the final third and brings that X-factor that every team wants. We have that in Jenk Acar, but it’s great to have the same threat down the middle of the pitch.

“It’s simple for Jamie; he just wants to play football. We can offer him that at Spalding, because we’re not really going to carry a huge squad.

“We’re all about quality over quantity this season.

“Jamie brings a bit of magic to our attack and I couldn’t be happier to have him signed.

“In truth, he’s probably the last piece of the puzzle for us. You can never say never in pre-season, but I’m not actively pursuing anybody else now.

“We have a few triallists and one player has asked to come along to training, but other than that I’m very happy with what I’ve already got.

“To be honest, it’s nice not to be scrambling for players at this stage. With how last season ended, it’s very nice to have stability and we’re all looking forward to returning for pre-season.”

Spalding’s first official training session of the summer is next Wednesday, with the first friendly fixture – an away game at Harrowby United – coming the following Wednesday night.

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