Atlanta United announced on Thursday that it has signed Jackson Conway to a Homegrown Player contract. The Leeds-born striker celebrates his 19th birthday by becoming the 9th Homegrown Player in club history.
Conway joined the Atlanta United academy system way back in 2016 from Georgia United. He’s worked his way up the ranks, spending three seasons with ATL UTD 2, scoring 11 goals in 43 appearances in USL.
“We’re happy to see Jackson’s continued development and it’s a complement to his hard work that he’s earned a First Team contract,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “Jackson is a great example of our club’s pathway to the professional level as he joined our Academy program prior to its first season with the dream of becoming an MLS player. He worked his way through our system and after excelling in the USL Championship last season, he deserves an opportunity at the next level.”
The English-American forward will compete for minutes as a back-up striker behind Josef Martinez but is also capable of playing either winger position as well. Listed at 6’3”, Conway profiles as a physical presence in the box and could give the team some alternative tactical options under its new manager.
Congratulations, Jackson. Welcome to the first team!