Blackpool already feels like home for Daniels

Donervon Daniels in action for Blackpool on Saturday
Donervon Daniels in action for Blackpool on Saturday
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Donervon Daniels already sees his long-term future at Blackpool, after just 80 minutes of action.

The defender joined on loan from West Brom on Friday evening and was thrown straight into the back four to face Burnley the following day.

Daniels has only signed a 28-day deal but is already talking about extending it until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old from Monserrat said: “I agreed a 28-day loan initially as a feeler, but after my first game I already know I’d love to stay here longer.

“While the stadium was far from packed, the fans made me feel really welcome.

“I know I can start calling this place home and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Big things were expected of Daniels when he first broke through the Baggies’ youth system, with Manchester United and Manchester City reported to have monitored his progress.

His career hasn’t so far developed as Daniels would have hoped, his only senior appearances having come in loan spells with Tranmere and Gillingham. But he feels a move to Blackpool will give his career the kick-start it needs. “I’m very happy to be at Blackpool. It’s a massive club,” he said.

“I’m happy to be at a place where I can develop and gain experience. I knew last week there was a chance of coming here but it happened really quickly on Friday night.

“I am just really happy to be at a Championship club, and to move forward with the gaffer and his coaching staff.

“I’ve got a few games under my belt but I’m here to push on and take my career to the next step. I hope I can take this back to the Premier League in future.

“I want to play as many games as I can and improve.”

Daniels impressed during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat, playing in the heart of defence and switching to right-back in the closing stages.

His first impressions of Pool were clearly positive. “I loved the game,” he added. “I thought we coped with Burnley’s threat really well.

“The gaffer told us to go out and enjoy the game, and I think we did that. We caused them problems and it was a decent performance.

“I’m looking forward to the Forest game already. We are all going to be working really hard this week.”