Jackson glad to be chipping in
Norwich's Simeon Jackson is relishing life in the Premier League after having to work part-time in McDonald's earlier in his career.
Last Updated: 02/01/12 2:49pm
Norwich striker Simeon Jackson is relishing life in the Premier League after having to work part-time in McDonald's earlier in his career.
The chips were down for Jackson - who has scored in his last two league games - when he was released as a teenager by Gillingham, but he continued chasing his dream at non-league level.
And now the Canadian - after banging in the goals for Rushden and Gillingham before a £600,000 switch to the Canaries - is thrilled that all his hard work is finally paying off.
"I could write a book on what I've been through," said Jackson. "But playing in the Premier League makes it all worthwhile. I have to make sure I stay at this level now.
"I drifted into non-league and played for Dulwich Hamlet in south London. They were part-time and I had to work so got a job in McDonald's.
"It was tough working there, but when you have a dream you keep going. The fear of seeing Ronald McDonald's picture every day still drives me on.
"You always keep plugging away and don't always think you will do it one day. So to now actually do it is amazing.
"But it is definitely something that was part of the journey which helped me get to where I am. I am blessed with my achievements."
And former burger-flipper Jackson reckons Norwich are having a whopper of a season.
He added: "We just have to keep going in the new year and keep picking up points. We are all doing well and the main focus is to stay up."