Daniel delighted to finally play football

Daniel Bogdanovic
Daniel Bogdanovic
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DANIEL Bogdanovic is delighted to have finally joined a team who don’t fire the ball at his head.

The Seasiders’ new striker made his debut as a substitute against Ipswich but claimed he enjoyed being off the pitch just as much as being on it.

The 31-year-old said: “It sounds strange, but even though I was on the bench I enjoyed it because it was so good to watch.”

Signed from Sheffield United on deadline day, Bogdanovic added: “I am over the moon to be finally playing for a club with a team which plays good football.

“Blackpool’s system is great, interchanging, very fluid. That is my style of football. I am not a target man. I am more of a football player, and it is always easier to play with good players who are comfortable on the ball.

“When you’re a footballer and you like the ball played to your feet, it isn’t nice to receive it on your head every time. Sometimes I have got frustrated. I have always tried to be positive and do my best, but when people don’t let you do your best it is frustrating. So I am lucky to be here finally.

“Blackpool pass it and move, and all four of us in attack interchange. Sometimes there are six of us up front because the two from the centre of midfield join in as well. It is really nice to play in a team like that.”

Bogdanovic has been a professional for 10 years, starting his career in his native Malta.

He arrived in English soccer in 2009 and spent a season at Barnsley before moving to Sheffield United.

He failed to make the Blades’ starting 11 in the opening eight games this season, so many were surprised when Pool boss Ian Holloway shelled out a six-figure fee on deadline day for an out-of-favour League One frontman.

The manager, impressed by Bogdanovic’s cameo from the bench against Ipswich, insists it doesn’t matter which division he signs players from or whether they are playing or not.

Holloway said: “All that matters to me is if I think they can fit into our system and I think Daniel can.