Dunne ready for big Blackpool chance

Charles Dunne talks to The Gazette's William Watt
Charles Dunne talks to The Gazette's William Watt
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New boy Charles Dunne has sacrificed his summer holidays to make sure he’s in the perfect shape to make an impact at Blackpool.

The 21-year-old signed for the Seasiders last year but was instantly loaned back to Wycombe to gain first team experience.

But in December Dunne was left with a broken leg after a clash with Preston striker Kevin Davies and hasn’t featured since.

Dunne did manage to return to fitness at the end of last season but hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since his injury.

And he’s spent the summer having personal fitness sessions to ensure he arrives at Bloomfield Road in the best possible shape.

“I didn’t go on holiday this summer, I didn’t deserve to,” he told The Gazette. “I stayed in England to make sure I could be as fit as possible, I’m desperate to hit the ground running.

“It’s time to knuckle down now.”

Dunne is confident the worst of his injury misery is behind him.

He said: “It’s much better now and much stronger. I broke it in December so it’s just been about building up my strength and getting ready to come to Blackpool.

“I trained at the end of last season and managed to get onto the bench against Fleetwood, but I haven’t actually played since I suffered the injury.

“I’ve kept fit and I’m now ready to put the hard work in.

“I’ve been able to do my strength work over the summer, it’s given me extra time.

“I feel I’m ready to make the step-up now.”

Dunne was at Bloomfield Road yesterday to meet the staff and go through various medical tests before the Blackpool side return to training at the end of next week.

It’s all change since he signed for the club last year, who were under the watchful eye of Paul Ince at the time.

He said: “It’s crazy how many players have left but I’m looking forward to meeting the new manager and getting stuck in.

“I just want to stay focused and try and get into the side at Blackpool now.

“I am taking things one step at a time at the moment.

“I’m going to spend the next few weeks settling in here and finding a place to live.”

The left-back won’t be alone in getting to know the club with a host of players set to arrive through the door in the next week or so. As it stands Pool have just seven senior players and boss Jose Riga was once again locked in his office at Bloomfield Road preparing his squad for the coming season.

And it’s the fresh start which is exciting Dunne.

“I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“It’s worked out well for me as everyone’s in the same position as there’s so many new players, so I think it will actually work out better for me. If anything the injury has motivated me more, I’m more ready now than I was.

“This is the first time I’ve been seriously injured in my career and it’s a bad thing to happen. At the time is affected me but I’m fine now and I’m ready to go.

I’m looking forward to trying to get this place going again.”