Grant turned to Gerrard before Pool move

Bobby Grant at Witton Albion last night
Bobby Grant at Witton Albion last night
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Bobby Grant says advice from England skipper Steven Gerrard was key to his decision to join Blackpool.

Grant made his debut for the Seasiders in their 3-0 win at Witton Albion last night, just two hours after completing a move from Rochdale.

The 23-year-old fired 16 for the League Two side last season and is highly rated by Pool boss Paul Ince.

And the striker revealed to The Gazette it was advice from Gerrard which made his mind up.

“I spoke to Steven about the move,” he said.

“He’s always there to give me advice and who better for me to turn to than the England captain.

“He said to be that it’s a great move for me, Blackpool are a great club with a great manager.

“As soon as he said that to me it was nailed on for me to come here.”

Tom Ince, Tom Barkhuizen and Craig Cathcart scored Pool’s goals against the Northern Premier League side last night, with Grant looking lively during his 65 minutes on the pitch.

He’s signed a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months and seems delighted to be a Blackpool player.

Grant said: “It took a few days to get done, but I’m made up to get everything done.

“It was good to get a game in so quickly last night, and to meet all the lads, the Gaffer and all the staff.

“I’m just made up it’s come off and I can’t wait to play this season.

“It was about a week ago I heard there was a chance, but on Saturday the Gaffer rang me.

“As soon as I got that call Rochdale couldn’t stand in my way.”

Grant came through the ranks at Liverpool before joining Accrington Stanley as a 16-year-old.

He then got his big move to the Championship with Scunthorpe which didn’t quite go to plan.

But after 16 goals last season with Rochdale, he feels he’s a much better player this time around.

“I made the step-up before to Scunthorpe but Nigel Adkins left and it never really worked out,” he said.

“I’m just excited to get my career back on track here at Blackpool.

“I’m a lot better player than the one who played in the Championship last time.

“I’ve grown up a lot.

“I’ve been through the lows and this is without doubt the high part of my career.”