By: Hibernian Media on 30 May, 2019 18:43
New signing Adam Jackson admits he has been champing at the bit to sign for Hibernian.
The 25-year-old centre-back completed the formalities of his move to Easter Road earlier this afternoon.
The squad aren’t back in for pre-season until June 20 but the summer break has dragged on long enough for the former England youth international.
Adam has been keen to put pen to paper ever since he was given a look around the place when he was a guest of the club for the 1-1 draw with Hearts back on April 28.
And the chance to link back up with a couple of familiar faces only added to the attraction of a move north from Barnsley.
Adam, you must be delighted to get everything over the line?
I’m buzzing to finally get it done. It’s been spoken about for the last three weeks and I just wanted to get up here and get it sorted.
What were your first impressions after taking in the Edinburgh Derby at Easter Road?
That sealed it for me, after coming to that game. The atmosphere, the stadium and the training ground… everything was excellent. I know the gaffer as well so everything together means it’s perfect.
Paul was the man who took you to Barnsley. How big a part did he play in your development down there?
I was with him for around 18 months and he was brilliant. I didn’t really play that much in the first season but I learned a lot on the training pitch from him and improved a lot. When I did play I felt like I’d improved a lot. I’ve come here to do the same again. It’s a no-brainer.
How did you improve under Paul?
A big part of his game for a centre-back is to take the ball off the goalkeeper and play out. I was a bit sceptical at first but he kept drilling it into us. We got a lot better at it. He was also big on pressing and setting traps. I think I learned a lot from that, when to do it and when not to do it. Hopefully I can bring that with me up here.
After noticing his picture on the wall at HTC you mentioned you played with a certain Rob Jones at Hartlepool…
I really liked Rob. He didn’t get to play that much at Hartlepool but he was a really good bloke to have around the dressing room and he helped me a lot.
Have you spoken to anyone else about what you can expect from Scottish football?
I know Stevie Mallan and Liam Lindsay’s also at Barnsley. They both had really good things to say about Scottish football so I just wanted to get up and get started. I didn’t need much of a sales pitch. I came up for the game, spoke to the manager and then again a couple of weeks later. That was it for me.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I like to think I’m no-nonsense. I’ll head it and kick it if I can. I’d like to think I’ll put my body on the line and block it if it’s there to be blocked. I put everything in and I also think I’m quite a good communicator so hopefully that comes across.
You’ve come to the club at a good time with Paul having made such a good start to life here.
When the gaffer came in here he won a lot of games in a row. Why wouldn’t I join? There’s no reason not to. It’s the perfect time for it.