BRETT Ormerod has revealed that playing alongside Kevin Phillips has given him a new lease of life.
The golden oldies have been leading the Seasiders attack in the opening weeks of the season.
With Phillips’ goals grabbing the headlines, Ormerod’s fine start to the campaign has slipped under the radar a little.
The 34-year-old has, to the surprise of some, been one of the first names on Ian Holloway’s teamsheet, and has responded in fine style.
And Ormerod admits that lining up with Phillips for the first time since they played together at Southampton has been a boost.
“I have known Kev for quite a few years now, and I’ve always stated publicly that he is one of the best players I’ve played with,” Ormerod said.
“He is fantastic, a proper goalscorer.
“His all-round game is also magnificent, and I have always said that give him chances and he will score goals.
“It doesn’t surprise me that he has already done that at Blackpool.
“He has scored goals all through his career, and he is a superb addition to our squad. It is also good for me because it shows you can carry on playing for a few years as well.
“Kev might be 38, but he is as fit as anyone. He is a fantastic role model for any young player.
“You only have to look at the way he looks after himself and conducts himself – he is a credit to himself and his family.
“He is magnificent lad, and has had a brilliant career.
“He is someone we can all look up to, even me. I look up to him.”
Ormerod admits he has been pleasantly surprised to start the season in the manager’s starting 11.
And he believes that he can continue to make a big contribution for the remainder of the campaign.
“I’m confident when I’m playing well that I can challenge as much as anyone at this club. If I didn’t feel that I wouldn’t have re-signed in the summer,” the frontman said.
“From a personal point of view, I was pleased to start the season in the team because it is always nice to do that, to get the nod from the manager.
“But it is a long season, so I’m sure the gaffer will be using all the lads he has brought in.”
A goal or too would certainly help Ormerod cement his place – that’s the only thing that has been missing from his game so far.
“It would have been nice to get a goal but hopefully one is in the pipeline,” he added.
“But in general it has been a good start for both myself and the team.
“It was probably only the Derby game where we have been disappointed with the result.
“If anything it should have been a draw.
“We might not have done enough to win it, but I didn’t think we played badly enough to lose.
“The second half against Brighton was encouraging, and against Crystal Palace we did well too.
“We just seem to be getting punished for every little mistake at the moment.
“But we’ve got confidence and we’ve got goals throughout our team. Everyone knows that.
“We have proven players at our club, and if we keep putting in the same kind of performance we produced at Palace, then there will be a day when we might score four, five or six.”