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Jackson Irvine is a combative midfielder with experience in the Scottish Premiership, the EFL Championship and in international tournaments representing his country.
Irvine’s schoolboy career began in 1999 where he played for teams such as Ringwood City JSC, Knox City, Endeavour United, Richmond SC, Melbourne Victory and Celtic youth team.
The Australian began his professional career with Celtic’s youth team in 2010 and progressed to the first team in September 2012. His only appearance for the team was in the 2-2 draw against Hibernian when he came on as a substitute.
He started his junior international career playing for Scotland at under 19’s qualifying through his Scottish father but his heart told him there was only one side he wanted to play for. Just a year later, Irvine’s junior international career was well underway as he played his first match for Australia at under 20 level in a friendly against Portugal.
In the summer of 2015, he made a move to fellow Scottish club Ross County where he racked up over thirty appearances and scored two goals. Burton Albion signed the 23 year old in July 2016 for a value that was said to have broken the clubs transfer record for an undisclosed fee of £330,000. Irvine fitted straight in with his hard work and strong team ethic.
Jackson Irvine has certainly made his mark at Burton but also with the Socceroos when he was called up to the full squad in 2013, being on the bench as an unused substitute for the first game and then coming on in the second half against Canada in a 3-0 win.
He scored his first international goal against the UAE in a 2-0 win. He has forced his way into the first team squad on a regular basis for the World Cup Qualifiers and the FIFA Confederations Cup played in Russia earlier this year.
The future is bright for the midfielder as Premier League and Championship teams are rumoured to want him onboard for their campaign next season. Brighton, Fulham and Derby County are amongst those thought to have made enquiries.
Strengths & Weaknesses
The dynamic box to box midfielders work rate is second to none and comes into his own in the last quarter of the match. Not only has he earned the respect of his team mates with his never say die attitude on the pitch but his friendliness and affability off it has made him a fans favourite, always making time for the loyal Burton Albion support pre and post-match.
In his first season with the Brewers, he scored a total of ten goals and received three awards at the end of the season – players player; top goal scorer and fans player of the year and he is contracted for a further two years with the Brewers after signing an improved deal earlier in the season to avert any potential bids from rivals in January.
What They Say
Burton Albion Manager – Nigel Clough“He has been superb for us.”
Australia Manager – Ange Postecoglou
“Guys like Irvine are getting to the stage of their careers where they’re progressing and playing at a good level.”