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Jackson playing pro soccer in Australia

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

After five stellar seasons with the Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team, Keith Jackson has moved on to play professionally in Australia with the Riverina Rhinos of the National Premier League (NPL).

Days after completing the final semester of his Bachelor of Communication Studies degree at CapU, Jackson headed down under to join a team that is gladly welcoming his scoring prowess. The Area News, the local newspaper for the city of Griffith where the Rhinos play, wrote an article on Jackson entitled ‘Scoring concerns answered’ that profiles the success of the reigning CCAA Player of the Year (photo of the article below; a subscription is needed to read the online article).

“I’m hoping that I am able to bring a lot of goals to the Rhinos and an attacking presence,” said Jackson to the paper. “But the main thing is I want to bring some wins. I want to get this team going.”

“The whole community of Griffith has been great. Even in my week of being here, I can already tell how close-knit it is. I think that I am going to like it here and the boys on the team are great group of guys.”

Jackson won nearly every award possible in his time at CapU, both athletic and academic. In 2018 he was named CCAA Player of the Year, PACWEST Player of the Year for the second year in a row, and a CCAA All-Canadian and Academic All-Canadian – both for the third time. He finished his career with 53 goals in 73 games, second-most in conference history.

Jackson heard about the opportunity from Blues teammate Patrick Izett, who is also playing pro in Australia for Western Pride FC of NPL Queensland. Both Jackson and Izett were conference All-Stars in 2018 and helped the Blues to a PACWEST gold medal.