Legear: My experience will help at Blackpool

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Jonathan Legear hopes his European experience can help move Blackpool out of the relegation zone.

The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Bloomfield Road yesterday after almost a month training with the club.

Legear was invited to train by previous boss Jose Riga and was undergoing his medical at the club as news broke of his fellow Belgian’s sacking last week.

Lee Clark gave the green light for the winger’s deal to go through and it was finally rubberstamped yesterday.

Legear said: “I’m very happy to sign for Blackpool. I hope I can help the team and the club to move up the table and to improve.

“I had five or six options, but I wanted to play in England and thought the Championship was a good place to be. I love the English football style.

“Some of the other options I had were for very good money but that’s not important for me.

“I just want to prove myself at a good level and at a good club.”

Legear was a big star back in his homeland, winning three league titles with Anderlecht and enjoying runs in European competitions.

Off-field issues saw his career stall, and after three years in Russia with Terek Grozny he has arrived at Blackpool hoping his experience can make a big difference.

He added: “I hope my experience can help here. I had the best statistics in the Europa League in 2010, scoring seven goals and having five assists.

“I hope I can find that form and bring it to help the team at Blackpool.

“I have played three years in the Champions League and three years in the Europa League, and I have won the league in Belgium.”

Legear remains short of fitness and won’t be involved in tonight’s game at Fulham.

Pool’s home clash with Bolton on November 22 is earmarked as his potential debut and he is ready to jump straight into a relegation battle.

“We are in a difficult situation and all of us need to give 200 per cent every week to get us out of trouble,” he said.

“We all have to work together for the new manager to turn things around.

“I’ve seen a couple of games here and there’s a good mentality for the team to improve.

“I’ve noticed the fans applaud the team even though things aren’t going well and that’s great.

“I want us to move up the Championship table quickly.

“This weekend might be a bit soon for me to play in terms of fitness but I hope to be ready as soon as possible.”

Winger Jacob Murphy, signed on loan from Norwich on Monday, is set to make his Pool debut tonight.