Published date24 November 2023
Publication titleSports Tab
After playing his first game of rugby league earlier this year, Jackson could never have envisioned the journey the sport would take him on

The 16-year-old has signed a three-year development contract with NRL club the Gold Coast Titans, after being scouted while representing the South Island and New Zealand.

He, his family and his supporters were ‘‘mind-blown’’ at what the rising star had achieved in his inaugural season.

‘‘Everyone’s just loving it,’’ Jackson said.

‘‘I’ve had a couple of weeks for it to settle in.

‘‘When I was first going through it all, it was overwhelming, but I’ve got used to it — just can’t wait to go over there, to be honest.’’

The King’s High School pupil hoped to head to Australia next week following his school exams and had enrolled at Palm Beach Currumbin.

Jackson, who plays either middle or second row, has played rugby union for Zingari-Richmond since he was 3.

He moved through the junior system at the club before playing for the King’s First XV and decided to give rugby league a go this season.

‘‘I just love any contact sport. I love rugby and I know I would have loved league.’’

After trialling, Jackson was selected for the...

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