Hopkins pleased for record-breaking Jackson

Amy Jackson

Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins is pleased for Amy Jackson ahead of the midfielder’s record-breaking Westfield W-League appearance.

Jackson, 33, is set to break the record for most Westfield W-League appearances for Victory with her 67th, surpassing Gulcan Koca (66).

The midfielder, the Victory Medallist in 2014 and the club’s equal second all-time leading goalscorer, will achieve the feat if she faces Canberra United at Epping Stadium on Sunday.

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Jackson has featured in all seven of Victory’s games so far this season, including the 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets last time out.

Hopkins is happy for the midfielder, who has netted 14 Westfield W-League goals during her Victory career.

“I’m really pleased for her. She’s a real team player. Definitely puts the team first, she’s a really well-respected player amongst the playing group as well. I’m really pleased for her,” he said.

“It’s funny, I’ve tried to sign her nearly every season I’ve been here and obviously we got her back last year which was good. I’m a real big fan of hers and I think she’s in great form at the moment as well.

“She does a fantastic job, defensively winning the ball, distributing the ball and most probably the part of her game that is a little bit underrated is she does go forward well from deeper positions. As we saw last year, she can score goals and she can score spectacular goals as well.

“She’s a really important part to what we’re trying to do this year and myself and the rest of the squad are really pleased for her that she’ll get a little bit of recognition this weekend when she breaks the record.”