Canadian content in the English Premier League is (hopefully) on the rise.
Having fired his new club into the top flight of English football, it would seem unlikely, if very harsh, for Norwich City to do anything but take Simeon Jackson with it for the Canaries' first foray into the Premier League since the 2004-05 season. Coming to the end of the first year of a two-year contract, Jackson should be joining the likes of potential Canadian international David (Junior) Hoilett - if the Brampton, Ont.-born striker ever makes his mind up - assuming Blackburn Rovers aren't relegated first, but then there have been a whole host of players deemed good enough to help get a team promoted but not good enough to join them in the promised land. The likes of former Blackburn, West Ham and Leicester striker David Speedie springs to mind.
After scoring just four goals in his first 33 games for Norwich City following an off-season move from Gillingham last summer, there was no time like the present for Jackson to deliver, and credit to him he's done just that in recent weeks.
Jackson, who was born in Jamaica but raised in Mississauga, Ont., has responded with nine goals in his last seven games, including the winner in Monday's 1-0 promotion-clinching victory over Portsmouth, as Norwich picked up the points it needed to nail down second spot behind Championship winner Queens Park Rangers.
With the chance to welcome the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea to Carrow Road once more next season, it will be an invaluable chance for the 24-year-old to continue his development at the highest level, and that can only be good for the Canadian national team program as it makes another assault on World Cup qualification in the fall.