Date:Thursday August 6 2009
U`s manager Paul Lambert says Johnnie Jackson`s stubbornness is casting a continued cloud of doubt over his future with Colchester.
Lambert says midfielder Jackson, 26, has asked to play in central midfield or nowhere, despite his versatility as a potential winger, attacking full-back or an in-the-hole goal-threat.
"I have always wanted Johnnie Jackson to stay and give it a go at Colchester, but his agent came to me and said that he wanted to leave," Lambert told the EADT.
"That's his choice, not mine. Johnnie has said that he wants to play in central midfield, but I can't guarantee him a place in that position," the manager added, confirming that as yet there had been no offers made for the former Tottenham man.
Jackson`s preferred position is also wanted by skipper Dean Hammond, Kem Izzet and new signing David Fox; it is presumably this glut of names for the role that has left Jackson feeling out in the cold.
He was not present for the new season sqaud phtograph, taken this week ahead of Saturday's big-kick off.
So will there be any way back for Jackson?
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