One to watch: Lachlan Jackson (Newcastle Jets)

Lachlan Jackson moved to Newcastle Jets this season looking for an opportunity – and has certainly made the most of it in the Hunter.

The central defender has played nine games so far in 2015/16, playing a key role in the Jets’ stingy back-four this campaign.

With a strong build and good speed, the 20-year-old has the potential to be a dominant defender in the Hyundai A-League for years to come.

And he’ll only benefit working alongside the likes of Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard and the experienced Daniel Mullen.

Jackson made his A-League debut with Brisbane Roar at the end of last season, making three appearances and scoring once – ironically against the Jets in round 27.

His move to the Jets has been seamless and the stats back it up.

The Townsville-born centre-back has made 27 interceptions, 22 clearances and won 21 tackles, while his 353 passes has come at almost 75 percent accuracy.

Pretty impressive stuff and a major reason why he’s in the running for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year.

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