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Striker Jackson signs

ACCRINGTON Stanley have signed former Morecambe striker Justin Jackson.

ACCRINGTON Stanley have signed former Morecambe striker Justin Jackson. But the loan deal for Hull defender Steve Burton is still on hold although expected to be completed this week.

Boss John Coleman had hoped to sign them both before Saturday's win over bottom club Farnborough. However 21-year-old Burton remained at Hull this weekend as the Third Division leaders have something of an injury crisis. Coleman will go and watch him in the Tigers' LDV Vans Trophy game on Tuesday.

However Jackson, who has cost more than £300,000 in transfer fees, was signed before Saturday's game.

"Justin will add competition for places. He is a proven goalscorer at this level even though he has not had the best of starts this season," said Coleman. "It is a chance for him to resurrect his career and we are hoping he will be as successful for us as he was at Morecambe."

Jackson won the Conference Golden Boot at Morecambe in 1999/2000 season with 29 goals which helped the Shrimps into third place in the Conference. He was snapped up by Rushden and Diamonds for a fee thought to be £180,000 before moving to Doncaster for £120,000.

However things haven't worked out at Doncaster with just five goals in around 33 appearances. He was released last week and Coleman, who has been tracking the star for a couple of months, made his move.

Jackson will now have to battle with Paul Mullin, Lutel James, Brian Welch and John Durnin for a place in the Reds' frontline.


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