Dunne’s incredible rise from park to Championship

Charles Dunne talks to The Gazette's William Watt
Charles Dunne talks to The Gazette's William Watt
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New Seasiders signing Charles Dunne has described his dramatic rise to the Championship as “crazy”.

The 20-year-old first-team regular at Wycombe Wanderers was playing park football just three years ago.

The left-back signed a three-year contract with Blackpool on Friday after a summer trial. It signals an incredible rise to football’s second tier for Dunne, who will spend this season back at Wycombe on loan.

“I got picked up just messing around with a ball in my local park,” he revealed.

“I went on trial at Wycombe and it all escalated from there.It’s crazy and it just shows what can happen in football.

“I had two years in the youth team at Wycombe, then was thrown straight into the first team and played 40-odd games last season. I was thrown in at the deep end and loved every minute of it.”

Left-back is one position where Pool are not short, with loan recruit Jack Robinson and Bob Harris available.

That’s why Dunne has been loaned back to his former club. “They’ve told me it’s all about getting experience,” he added.

“Maybe I’m not quite ready right now but they’ve hopefully seen potential in me. I can work on my weaknesses and be ready for next season. I’m excited I’ve got the chance to work hard and train this season, and hopefully get feedback from the manager here.

“Hopefully when I come back next season it will be into the first-team squad. I heard about the deal a few weeks ago and played with the team in pre-season.

“I really enjoyed it, so it’s just been a case of waiting for things to be sorted between the two clubs.”

Dunne is following in the footsteps of Matt Phillips, who also joined Pool from Wycombe. And winger Phillips, who moved on to QPR last week, is a player Blackpool’s new boy looks up to.

“Matt is a serious player and has come from the same background as me,” he said. “Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps and be as successful.

“I have to get my head down now and work as hard as I can. I want to be a success at this club. I don’t want to just be part of the furniture.”

The Republic of Ireland U21 player impressed in a 45-minute pre-season run-out for Pool against Penrith. It prompted Paul Ince to sign him in a deal worth up to £250,000.

Dunne noticed a leap in standards. “There was a real difference in the quality when I trained with Blackpool. Everything was much sharper.

“The players keep the ball much better and League Two is much more direct.”