"IT'S just another
These are four words that sum up the attitude that has
defined David Jackson as one of Nottingham Rugby's greatest
Milestone moments are nothing new to
Nottingham's league appearance record holder who will bring up 300
games in green and white when he steps onto the field at the
Mennaye on Sunday afternoon.
These are the landmark moments that Jackson (pictured
above in his early years) simply says come with age.
And rather than pause and reflect on 299 games over nearly 12
years of first team rugby with Nottingham, it is what is yet to
come that drives the versatile back on.
"I've been part of Nottingham Rugby's past and I want to be part
of the future as well. I just want to keep playing.," Jackson
"I desperately want to be part of where we are going, because we
are doing some really good things this year. I don't just want to
play one more game, I want to play lots more games and want to be
part of it for as long as I can or as long as I'm needed.
"I'm proud to have played this many games for the one club and
only that that I ever want to play for.
"It's nice, a good round number, but at the end of the day it is
exactly that - a number."
As far as the numbers game goes, Jackson is on the cusp of a
rare double this weekend, needing just two tries to reach the 100
For all his evasive tactics, the grandeur of celebrating a
double milestone is enough to stretch a smile across his face.
"It would be nice to get two tries against the Pirates," Jackson
"I've sneaked over for a couple this season already and I've
been working on my game pretty hard this season."
As the 14th Nottingham player to become a triple centurion,
Jackson distinguishes himself as a modern-day great of the East
Midlands club by joining the likes of former England internationals
Gary Rees and Simon Hodgkinson in the select group.
Jackson is the first player in more than decade reach the
milestone. The last to do so was Martin Freer who played his 354th
and final game in April 2001. Heading the list, with an appearance
record that is unlikely to be beaten, is Bob Pruden, who featured
430 times for the club between 1949 and 1972.
Jackson is in awe of Nottingham elite that he joins in
the 300 Club.
"You look at those guys and their appearances and you appreciate
the club's amazing history and those who have played for the Green
and Whites," Jackson said.
NOTTINGHAM RUGBY 300 CLUB