Jaakko Oksanen will spend the rest of 2021 in the Scottish Championship after signing for Greenock Morton on loan, subject to international clearance. The 20-year-old will stay at Cappielow Park until 3 January after completing his move earlier this evening.
Jaakko was on loan at Sky Bet League One side AFC Wimbledon for the majority of last season, making 30 appearances for The Dons. He started 15 of those games as a strong end of season run saw Mark Robinson’s side secure League One survival on the penultimate day of the campaign.
B Team Technical Lead, Allan Steele, said: “This is a great opportunity for Jaakko and we all wish him luck. Jaakko has had some great experiences while at Brentford which have all contributed to his development. We know that the chance to work with Gus MacPherson, as well as playing competitive football week-in, week-out in Scotland, will further his long-term development. Jaakko has always showed a tremendous attitude and work ethic. He is extremely well liked at the club; I am sure he will be a big part of the Morton squad.”
A Finland Youth International at every level between Under-16 and Under-21, Jaakko arrived at Brentford B in January 2018 from HJK Helsinki. The following season saw the then 18-year-old named on the bench nine times in the Sky Bet Championship before making his EFL debut during our final day victory over Preston North End.
Jaakko made two further First Team appearances the following season, one coming against Reading in the Sky Bet Championship and the other against Stoke in an Emirates FA Cup Third Round win. At the end of the season, Jaakko was named the B Team Player of the Year, having signed a new contract two months earlier.
The midfielder has been capped 38 times by his nation at Youth Level. He appeared in each of Finland's three matches at the 2018 European U19 Championship and his development that year was recognised with the Finnish FA’s Most Promising Young Player of the Year award.
Greenock currently sit sixth in the Scottish second tier after four matches. Gus MacPherson’s side have SPFL Trust Trophy action to look forward to on Saturday as they face Celtic B at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie.