Eagles: Blackpool made me feel wanted

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Chris Eagles revealed he turned down other clubs to join Blackpool because he has been made to feel wanted at Bloomfield Road.

The winger, who celebrates his 29th birthday today, signed a two-month deal yesterday after training with the club for 10 days.

He is expected to go straight into the side to face his former club Bolton on Saturday.

The signing of the former Burnley striker will appeal to Pool fans as their team has been short of such exciting players this season.

And the Hemel Hempstead-born star clearly likes the idea of being a big player for the club.

“I had offers elsewhere but I felt it was right at Blackpool,” said Eagles. “I think I’ll be relied on here like I want to be relied upon.

“Blackpool will trust me to go and do my thing, and I’m already looking to extending the deal after January. It’s nice to get a deal done and it’s nice to be back playing.”

Eagles did not play in yesterday’s behind-closed-doors game against Manchester United (see top left) but did travel to the Premier League giants’ training base to meet up with Pool secretary Chris Hough and complete his deal.

Having first linked up with Pool after the disappointing 3-1 defeat at Leeds last time out, Eagles says he’s noticed a difference.

He said: “When I arrived at the club it was very low. I’m a bubbly person and am always smiling, so I was surprised how low it was. But there are a few new faces in now and it’s really helped.”

Eagles has been out of action since leaving Bolton in the summer and he added: “I’ve missed it. It’s been really tough training by myself. I’ve been doing boxing and lots of work but it’s not been easy.”

Eagles made his name at Burnley, helping them win promotion to the Premier League in 2009, before following manager Owen Coyle to Bolton in a £3m deal.

He fired 20 goals in almost 100 appearances for the Trotters before a row with then boss Dougie Freedman saw his spell at the club end after three years.

And Eagles is clearly still unhappy about events at Wanderers. He said: “Now I can say my piece about what happened at Bolton.

“I believe Dougie Freedman was saying I was a disruptive influence and they never offered me a contract.

“They offered me a number of contracts but I felt it wasn’t worth signing. I didn’t like him and I didn’t like the way he managed.

“He showed me no respect, which is a shame as I loved it at Bolton. I would like to thank Bolton and their fans. I’ve had to keep my mouth shut.”