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Jets youngster told to put XBox away

  • Jets youngster told to put XBox away

Highly-rated Newcastle youngster Lachlan Jackson has been told to stash away his XBox ahead of a possible A-League start against Western Sydney.

Jackson is in line to replace centre-back Daniel Mullen, who is in doubt for Sunday's clash with the Wanderers at Hunter Stadium due to a minor training ground injury sustained this week.

The 20-year-old made his first and only Jets appearance to date in his side's shock 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory last week, filling in at left-back and successfully keeping dangerman Kosta Barbarouses quiet on the night.

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But Jackson's preferred position is in the heart of defence, and Mullen's misfortune could hand him a golden chance to prove to coach Scott Miller that he deserves to be higher up the pecking order.

"He's one of these players, he never ceases to amaze you," Miller said.

"I've told him to put his FIFA XBox away or whatever it is, because you won't learn football on that, and watch more opposition (tapes) from an A-League perspective.

"He tends to be taking a lot more information on and maturity when he does play.

"Putting him in there is a big task. Fullback's a different proposition altogether but centre-back, there's a lot more leadership involved as well in terms of communication."

Jackson is originally a Townsville product who came through the Queensland Academy of Sport and then Brisbane Roar's youth team.

But he made just three appearances for Brisbane, unable to crack the first team behind the Roar's plethora of top-tier A-League stoppers such as Luke DeVere, Jade North, James Donachie and the fast-improving Daniel Bowles.

Miller, however, clearly sees something in Jackson worth pursuing and won't be afraid to throw him into action against the Wanderers' battering ram forward Federico Piovaccari if he has to.

"To play left-back against Barbarouses and perform the way he did was good to see, but now being in that position, he can't get carried away with one performance," Miller said.

"(Centre-back) is his role in the team. We bought him as back-up for left-side centre-back. I'm demanding more from him.

"Lachlan's a great kid and he's only going to develop as a player but he needs to show more maturity in and out of possession."

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