LATEST signing Kirk Broadfoot says he was “blown away” by Ian Holloway’s ambition.
The Scotland defender has signed a one-year deal with Blackpool after leaving Rangers last week.
The 28-year-old was a free agent with plenty of options ... but Holloway made his decision simple.
Broadfoot told The Gazette: “The manager attracted me here. I almost signed here a couple of years ago, when I decided to stay with Rangers.
“Speaking to the manager last week, I was just blown away with him. Blackpool has something special about it. It just seems to have this aura.
“Everyone seems to enjoy themselves here and I wanted to be a part of that.”
The full-back made over 100 appearances for Rangers before financial meltdown saw the Glasgow club relegated to the Scottish Third Division this summer.
Broadfoot made himself a fans’ favourite at Ibrox last season, when he agreed to take a 75 per cent pay cut to help the club survive.
Despite admitting he was sad to leave Rangers, he is relishing this new chapter in his career.
“I’m delighted to be here,” he added. “I’ve always wanted to play down south and I can’t wait.
“I just thought it was time for a change in my career. I spoke to the manager (Ally McCoist) just before I left and we agreed it would be best for my career if I moved on.
“I was a boyhood Rangers fan and it was my dream to play with them, but I’m really looking forward to my new challenge.”
Broadfoot won three SPL titles and played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup during his five years at Ibrox.
And he hopes to fulfil another ambition at Blackpool.
He revealed: “Getting into the Premier League with Blackpool is the plan for me.
“I almost signed here when they were in the Premier League, but watching the Championship from afar the standard looks very high.
“When teams from this division play Premier League sides in cups there doesn’t seem to be that big a gap. The Championship is technically very good.”
“My friend Charlie (Adam) was here and everyone couldn’t speak highly enough of the club when I’ve asked them.”
Broadfoot, who started his career with St Mirren, has won four full Scotland caps only for injury to slow his progress in recent seasons.
He hopes that playing regular Championship football will help him force his way back into Craig Levein’s plans.
He said: “Getting back into the Scotland set-up played a big part in my decision to come here.
“I’ve been a little unlucky with injuries, and if I’d stayed at Rangers in the third division I doubt I’d have got into the Scotland squad.”