Date: 4th July 2017 at 11:53am
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Johnnie Jackson has been put through his paces like the rest of the Charlton squad in the Irish training camp but on Monday he was handed the lead as he tasted his coaching side of the new player-coach role he’ll have this season.

Charlton’s captain was put in charge of a training drill on Monday, which Jackson feels ‘summed up quite nicely’ what his new role will be about at SE7.

He told the Official Website: ‘Today summed up quite nicely what my role will be about. I`ve done everything with the lads – warmed up, did possession, did the running – but we needed a third coach for the units, so that`s when I will go out and do my bits, before coming back in for the games at the end of the sessions.’

Still very much a player and looking to be match fit for the upcoming season, Jackson was delighted to be given a proper chance to work on the coaching side of things.

‘I`m still integrated into the training, particularly with the fitness side of it and keeping sharp for the games coming up for if and when I`m needed during the season. I`ll always have to be ready and on top of my training, but this is a perfect chance to dip my toe in and get the coaching work in as well.’

A different experience of pre-season for Jackson but one he’s enjoying.

‘I`m enjoying it. It`s different and feels a bit strange to come out of the session, do a bit of coaching, and come back in to carry on playing, but it`s really enjoyable.’

Jackson went on to admit the tough first three days of pre-season training in this Dublin-based training camp was ‘the toughest pre-season for a long while.’ Recalling the days when he use to ‘get battered’ as an apprentice as the ‘technical stuff’ took charge he said things appear to be going full circle.

But he knows the hard work will pay off as ‘feeling fitter is a good feeling.’

Admittedly, Jackson said he was looking forward to an evening off and a light day on Tuesday before the Addicks squad it put through the paces hard again tomorrow.

Jackson added: ‘I think it`s hard-earned after the few days we`ve had and we`ll have a lighter day on Tuesday before getting back to the hard work on Wednesday. You have to break it up with little rests like that because we`ve had two tough days and, if you were to go again on the third day, that`s when you risk injuries. So we can use that time to have a social gathering, get to know the new boys a bit better and get them integrated. It`s great when you`re all away together to get the opportunity to do that.’

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