One-cap Football Fern Deven Jackson has signed with women’s A-League club Canberra United.
Auckland-born Jackson (25) joins Canberra from Eastern Suburbs, where she played as a striker.
Announcing the signing, Canberra United head coach Njegosh Popovich said:
“Deven is a very exciting talent. She has great technique, plenty of pace, and has an eye for goal which is critical at the elite level. Having made her debut for New Zealand, Deven is beginning to understand how top-level football works.
“As a forward, Deven has all the attributes you look for, including a combative presence that makes life difficult for defenders. I am sure she will settle into the squad very quickly and will play an integral part in our 2023/24 season.”
Jackson told Canberra United’s website:
“I know a lot about the club from watching the Liberty A-League and have been impressed by the atmosphere I have seen at McKellar Park. I am really looking forward to arriving in Canberra and showing the fans what I can do.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me, and I can’t wait to start.”
Canberra recently signed another New Zealander, Auckland United’s Ruby Nathan.
Ferns striker Grace Jale played for Canberra last season but has moved to Perth Glory.
Deven Jackson’s journey to the A-League
Jackson played junior football for Bay Olympic and played her early senior women’s football for Three Kings United.
She moved to the United States in 2017 to play at Western Kentucky University but injury disrupted her time there.
After a three-year break, she joined the Eastern Suburbs side that won the Women’s National League grand final last December, scoring twice in their 4-0 win against Western Springs.
She made her debut for New Zealand in the international friendly against the United States in early 2023 but was not selected for the FIFA Women’s World Cup squad.
Jackson was appointed Bay Olympic’s youth strength and conditioning coach for 2023.