Simeon Jackson is confident his Premier League success at Norwich can help inspire a new generation of Canadian exports.

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The 25-year-old, along with the rest of City’s squad, is currently undergoing a tough week-long training camp in Austria to try and impress new City chief Chris Hughton ahead of the top flight kick-off at Fulham on August 18.

Jackson is acutely aware operating at the highest level for the Canaries makes him a trail-blazer back in his homeland.

The former Gillingham striker is part of a Canucks’ set-up bidding to reach their first World Cup finals since 1986 after an unbeaten start to the next phase of qualifying for Brazil 2014 earlier this summer.

Jackson – who agreed an extension to his Norwich contract during the close season – revealed part of that international revival is down to his productive Carrow Road spell.

“For me as a player on the field I feel the national side now has that belief we can get a result – no matter who we are playing,” he said. “I have that at Norwich where we are not afraid of anyone. Maybe I wasn’t ready for that when Norwich came in for me originally.

“I had to earn my stripes and learn the game a bit more in the Championship, but now I feel I am ready and capable of proving myself at the top level.”

Jackson believes Canadian football is definitely on the up at home and abroad through not only his exploits, but those of Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett, who impressed in both Premier League games against Norwich last season.

“I think it is important for myself and Junior and those in other countries to boost Canadian soccer as well as doing well on the international level,” he said.

“The talent has always been there. It is about grooming that talent and showing they can do it. I think having three franchises now in the MLS is also key.

“It gives the young players something to see and creates a different impression so you can think, ‘I can do that one day’. We never had that when I was a youngster.

“That is a plus. I don’t think the path really matters. Every player in the national team had a different path and we all ended up in the same place. Once the drive is there and you get the opportunity you can succeed.”

Jackson told Canada’s Red Nation soccer magazine reaching the Premier League with Norwich had made all the sacrifices worthwhile after travelling to England in his early teens to follow his professional dream.

“I had to mature really quickly,” he said. “My family backed me in that decision. They gave me that opportunity and backed my dreams.

“When you see it on television you just create this image in your head of what it might be like.

“Until you get here, and spend time in the dressing rooms and the environment you realise it is different. There are a lot of other things you have to adjust to – not just football. In a different country it is a whole different way of living and you have to adapt and still manage to play your football.

“Sometimes that can be difficult. Along the way there can be many ups and downs and it is how you deal with those setbacks.”

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21 comments

  • Good old Cinnamon. Go get a dozen goals next season!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • I understand that Junior Hoilet has very senior ideas about what he should be paid :-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Sympathy for the Devil, Kent?

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Yes good plan. Lets sign all those world-class Canadian footballers like wotisname?.....erm........+ then there's thingamy-jigg...........or is he American?.........I forget now.............anyway I'm sure FIFA's 68th ranked football team have many more treasures just waiting to be discovered....Not.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Yeah, know what you mean MB. Don't forget Michael Buble and Justin Bieber. For some reason we do comedy better. Probably explains why my second team is Manchester City!

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps, He likes to press wild flowers. He puts on women's clothing And hangs around.... In bars???????

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Give the journos a break, Timbo. It is a struggle to get stories at the moment and this is much better than 'cut and pastes' from the Birmingham Mail or Sky Sports. Mind you, if Junior Hollett pulled on a City shirt, there would be no complaints from me.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • canary_canuck, a while back a Canadian poster called "Big Red" contributed to a board. I wondered whether his nom de plume was connected to the redwood tree or to an ancient brand of Wrigley`s chewing gum of that name which was the first Cinnamon-flavoured gum, launched mainly in Canada and the USA. Turned out Big Red was just a big bloke susceptible to sunburn! Terrific coincidence with Simeon`s `pundit-name`, but only that - a coincidence. I hope Jacko is right and we see more Canucks in English football; he`s a fine example of a good pro. Then we can all forget kd lang, Bryan Adams (please) and Celine Dion (PLEASE!). ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • For us, of course!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Absolutely, Timbo. Must be exhausting trawling all these different websites for news about the Canaries.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Btw, I reckon my old pal Timbo is even more Journophobic than I am!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • What is it about this article that has me humming Monty Pyhthons Lumberjack Song ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • No doubt Hoilet wishes he was a girly....just like his dear Pa-pa....

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    Timbo

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Canadian ( and American ) young soccer placers are just as skillful ( and often more athletic ) as their Brit counterparts. However, lacking a developed professional league they have not had as many role models and have not developed the same level of tactical awarenes ( from watching top level games from stands ). Now with three teams in the MLS and their soccer academies I am sure Canada will be an attractive destination for top teams' scouts. We are proud of Simeon. I have donated one of my Canary scarves to a downtown bar in Toronto. Greatly improves the decor...Keep it classy Timbo.

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    canary_canuck

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • North American soccer players are often as skillful as their Brit counterparts and more athletic. However they do not have the same tactical awareness due to not growing up watching a lot of games from the stands and not having a professional hierarchy to aspire to as they leave their teens.Owen Hargreaves is a classic example of a Canadian player who had to move to the UK to further his soccer career. Now with 3 teams and their attached academies Canada can look forward to developing a lot more players like Jackson and Hoilett. I predict UK scouts will find some great talent here in the not too distant future. Which Ontario town captaincozmik?

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Aah, those hazy, crazy days of Python. Really surreal. Or something like that. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Let's stay positive guys!! There are little gems hidden away in all sorts of places; Canada being one of them. Jackson may not be Wayne Rooney (thank goodness) but he is a talent in his own right. And there could be many more classy players quietly plying their trade in what we might term the backwaters of football. And if we find another star in one of these places then I would be delighted!!! OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Oh yes, canuck_canary, Canadian comedy. I`m a great fan of Mike Myers` Wayne`s World and Austin Powers. Also one of the best tribute acts to the great Roy Orbison is another canuck; Larry Branson. Saw him live in the Prince of Wales Theatre in his musical biography "Only the Lonely".

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Cinnamon is close to a legend in his native Province. My nephew would wear his shirt to school every day if his Mom would allow and his friends are ultra-envious. I've even been stopped at lights in a small Ontario town, only to have a Canary shirt wearer walk across in front of me!

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    captaincozmik

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • I chop down trees, I eat my lunch and go to the lavatory. On Saturday I pull on my boots and play for Coventry.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Yeah, know what you mean MB. Don't forget Michael Buble and Justin Bieber. For some reason we do comedy better. Probably explains why my second team is Manchester City!

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

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