BARRY Ferguson believes that promotion back to the Premier League should be Blackpool’s only target this season.
Ferguson, 33, will make his debut for the Seasiders today at Oldham (kick-off 3pm) after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal at Bloomfield Road yesterday.
After talks with manager Ian Holloway this week, the former Scotland captain revealed Blackpool was the only club he wanted to join, and he is convinced they will bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt.
Ferguson said: “Promotion is the target for us this season, it’s as simple as that. I met the manager last weekend and as soon as I spoke to him my mind was made up.
“The way Holloway’s teams play made me want to join him.
“There were a few other clubs interested but everyone knows what the manager here is like.
“As soon as I spoke to him, there was only one club I wanted to play for. We agreed a fee last Friday and it’s taken quite a while to get things sorted, but I’m delighted and raring to go.”
Ferguson, who joined from Birmingham in a deal believed to be worth around £700,000, brings a vast amount of experience to the club.
He moved to St Andrew’s from Rangers in 2009, havig burst on to the scene at Ibrox in the late 1990s. He made his debut aged 19 after coming through the youth ranks.
Hamilton-born Ferguson had a first taste of English football in 2003, when he moved to Blackburn for £7.5m.
And although he will be seen by some as Charlie Adam’s replacement, he was quick to play that down.
“Obviously I know Charlie from my Rangers days and he did fantastic here,” he said.
“I’m delighted he got his big move but I’m a different player from Charlie.
“I just can’t wait to get in, get to know the guys, play some football and impress the fans.”
The deal suits the midfielder both on and off the pitch.
Ferguson feels a move to Blackpool will also allow him to commute easily to his family home just outside Lanark, where his wife and children still live.
“It’s only a couple of hours’ drive and that was also an important factor,” added Ferguson.
“It’s never ideal being away from your family as a footballer, but I was always given full support from them throughout my time at Birmingham, and we managed to work the situation without any problems.
“Moving to Blackpool will allow that to continue. That was always very important.”
After training with his new team-mates yesterday, Ferguson takes his place in the Pool squad for the trip to Oldham today.
And although he may be behind in terms of fitness, the midfielder hopes to play some part.
“I would have liked to be involved in the Rangers game on Tuesday but we couldn’t get things done in time.
“Hopefully I’ll be involved against Oldham today.
“I’ve done two weeks of pre-season with Birmingham.
“There’s nothing better than getting training with the boys, and I was glad to do that on Friday.”