Jackson Irvine is a key player for Hull City with his energy in the middle of the park useful in both attack and defence.
Born in Melbourne, Irvine played junior football for a number of sides before earning the opportunity to join Scottish giants Celtic in 2010 after a successful trial. He captained the club’s U19 side to Youth Cup and league title glory and also wore the armband for the U20s, whilst a senior debut came as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Hibernian in 2012.
With first team opportunities limited at Parkhead, Irvine joined Kilmarnock on loan for the 2013/14 season and played 29 times with a further 30 appearances coming the following year with Ross County. That led to a permanent move to County but scouts from further afield were watching and another impressive campaign in Scotland paved the way for a transfer south of the border.
Burton Albion were the side that landed his signature and Irvine went on to become one of the Brewers’ most influential players during their first season at Championship level. He gained a reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder, scoring ten times during his only full season at the Pirelli Stadium as Albion defied the pundits to avoid relegation.
Irvine had a mixed start to the following season with a number of clubs again interested in signing him. One of those was Hull City, and the midfielder had a mixed afternoon when facing the Tigers with Albion in August. He scored a stunning goal but was also sent off as his side crashed to a 4-1 defeat. However, his 38 minutes on the field were enough for then boss Leonid Slutsky to make his move to sign Irvine and he put pen-to-paper late in the summer transfer window.
His first goal for the Club came in Nigel Adkins’ first game in charge, a 3-2 victory over Brentford, and he has continued to develop his game since arriving at the KCOM Stadium and represented Australia at the 2018 World Cup.
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