New Zealand striker Deven Jackson is the latest player to sign for Canberra United for the 2023/24 Liberty A-League season after agreeing a deal to come to the National Capital Club from Eastern Suburbs.
The fleet-footed attacker, who made her Football ferns debut against the former World Champions USA in a pre-FIFA Women’s World Cup Warm-up match, becomes the fourth Kiwi to sign for United.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that Deven Jackson has joined the club from Eastern Suburbs for the new Liberty A -League season,” Canberra United Head Coach Njegosh Popovich commented.
“Deven is a very exciting talent. She has great technique, plenty of pace, and has an eye for goal which is critical at the elite level. Having made her debut for New Zealand, Deven is beginning to understand how top-level football works.
“As a forward, Deven has all the attributes you look for, including a combative presence that makes life difficult for defenders. I am sure she will settle into the squad very quickly and will play an integral part in our 2023/24 season.”
After returning to competitive football following a three-year absence in 2022, Jackson helped her Auckland club side Eastern Suburbs to the National League title after producing a starring role in the final, scoring two goals and setting up two others in a -0 defeat of Western Springs.
Indeed, she would have been celebrating a hat-trick had her ninth minute effort, the opening goal of the match, not ultimately been credited as an own goal.
Jackson also netted three goals in three games as part of the New Zealand U19 outfit that won the Oceania Football Confederation U19 Women’s Championship back in 2017, before a succession of setbacks stalled her promising career.
“I am delighted to have signed for Canberra United for the new season and m thankful to Njegosh and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do at this level,” Jackson said.
“I know a lot about the club from watching the Liberty A-League and have been impressed by the atmosphere I have seen at McKellar Park. I am really looking forward to arriving in Canberra and showing the fans what I can do.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me, and I can’t wait to start.”
Deven Jackson has committed to Canberra United for the 2023/2024 season, and you can too! Memberships for the new Liberty A-League campaign are on sale now and you can purchase yours from 2023/24 Memberships – Canberra United.
Name: Deven Jackson
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
Liberty A-League Apps: 0
Previous Clubs: Eastern Suburbs, Western Kentucky, New Zealand, New Zealand U19, New Zealand U17