A former Folkestone striker who later played in the Football League has joined the club, three days before the start of their new season.

Ira Jackson, 25, signed for League Two Grimsby in 2020 after a prolific season for Invicta in the Isthmian Premier which saw him score 20 goals.

Prolific and popular striker Ira Jackson returns to Folkestone. Photo: Andy Jones

Jackson scored three times for Grimsby but left last September and signed for Wealdstone, who released him at the end of last season.

Jackson has played for a number of Kent clubs including Ashford, Dover, Margate and Sittingbourne.

“I’m really delighted to have signed Ira,” Invicta boss Neil Cugley told the club’s website after re-signing Jackson.

“There were a lot of phone calls between us over the summer because naturally he had interest from a number of clubs but – as I told him – have a good season and start to score goals and we could provide him with a path back into full-time football.

“You could see in training last night (Tuesday) that his presence and signing gave all the players a boost.”

Invicta will start their new Isthmian Premier season at Enfield this Saturday.

Cugley also thanked the Supporters’ Club for their help in reaching the agreement, saying: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the Supporters’ Club as they made a donation to help bring the deal to a conclusion, and I hope they will be rewarded when he starts scoring!

In total, Jackson scored 33 goals in 50 appearances for Folkestone during his first stint with the Cheriton Road club.