Fuller: I still have the fire

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Ricardo Fuller insists he still has the spark to fire Blackpool towards the top of the Championship table.

The 33-year-old signed a one-year deal at Bloomfield Road yesterday despite interest from his former club Charlton Athletic.

Fuller trained with the Seasiders on Tuesday and again yesterday before finally putting pen to paper.

And despite heading towards the end of a distinguished playing career, the striker feels he has lots more to give.

“I still have the fire in me,” he told The Gazette.

“When the fire goes from within me I don’t see the point in playing anymore, but there’s no sign of that happening.

“I’m still ambitious and I really feel I have the right club here.”

Blackpool boss Paul Ince was desperate to add to his squad, with a striker always high on his list.

He met Fuller last week for talks before the striker spent the weekend deciding on his future.

And the Jamaican born former Preston, Stoke and Charlton forward says it was the face-to-face meeting which made his mind up.

“I had a few options, but this was the best move for me,” Fuller revealed.

“When I came and met Paul Ince last Thursday, we spoke in his office.

“I like to meet managers, look into their eyes and see if I’m wanted or not.

“I could sense this was the place to be.

“I met the manager and decided this was the place for me.

“My agent told me about the interest with Paul Ince here and I have played against him at the back-end of his career.

“He’s someone who always showed respect to me and as a player I have huge respect for.

“Obviously he was a top class player at some very big clubs so it’s only natural for me to want to play for him.”

The striker played 31 times for Charlton last year and featured in their impressive run-in which saw them finish ninth in the Championship table.

Fuller added: “I did well in the end last season.

“We had a late charge and if we had made the play-offs no-one would have wanted to play us.

“I’ve had a good start to my pre-season with a personal trainer.

“I’m back at it again and will work as hard as I can to get to a level to perform in this league.

“We all know this league isn’t easy.”