Blackpool’s a challenge...but I’m ready

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Blackpool new boy Clark Robertson is relishing the huge challenge at Bloomfield Road.

The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year deal, with the option of a third, last night after talks with new manager Neil McDonald.

The left-back released by Aberdeen last month becomes McDonald’s fourth signing and he can’t wait to get going.

“I’m really excited to move to Blackpool, and I’m looking forward to a fresh start and a new challenge,” he said.

“I’ve been at Aberdeen since I was eight years old. I came through the youth system there and made my debut at 16.

“It feels strange to leave but it’s something I’m looking forward to.

“The manager admitted it was a big challenge for everyone here at Blackpool, but we are going to stick together and hopefully go on a good run in League One.”

Robertson played 68 times in six seasons for Aberdeen,though injuries had stalled his career over the past 18 months.

After four knee operations and resulting setbacks, he made only one appearance last season (against Motherwell in March) as the Dons finished runners-up to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. Now Robertson, who was born in Aberdeen, feels a move to England is the perfect way to get his career back on track.

He revealed: “My ambition was to get down to England. I want to force my way into the team here and see where it takes me.

“I’ve played 70 games for Aberdeen and have 11 U21 caps, so I enjoyed my time there.

“I was at Aberdeen a long time, so it’s a big change to move to Blackpool but I’m really excited.

“My aim was to get down to England to try myself at this level and I saw no better place than Blackpool to do it.

“I can play anywhere across the back four and I like to get on the ball when I’m at full-back.

“I just can’t wait to get started now.”

It’s understood Robertson is one of three players McDonald is hoping to tie up before the end of the week.

The Blackpool boss, who is currently on a five-day family break, is looking to build his squad as much as possible before pre-season training begins in a fortnight.