Lualua wants long-term Pool deal

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LOMANA LuaLua says he would be happy to stay at Blackpool if the club offered him a long-term deal.

Just five games into his Seasiders stay, the 30-year-old who has signed until the summer has seen enough to know he wouldn’t mind becoming a more permanent fixture.

The frontman said: “I am contracted until the end of the season and that is all I am concentrating on. If I impress people and the club want to offer me a new deal, then great, why not?

“I am very happy here and really enjoying my football. But my long-term future isn’t something I am thinking about too much.

“I just want to concentrate on trying to get Blackpool to the Premier League. Everyone inside the dressing room wants that but the main question is, ‘Can we do it?’ I think we can.

“I know some Blackpool fans probably thought they’d only have one season in the Premier League and might never get back, but the players feel we can do it.

“I have already seen how many good footballers there are in the dressing room and we have a manager who knows how to get a club promoted to the top flight.

“We’ve got some important games coming up, starting with a tough test at Southampton, but there is no reason why we can’t keep doing what we are doing. We are seventh and in a good position, but we need more consistency if we’re going to get into the top places and stay there.

“That is what we are all striving for. I hope we can do it because I want to be part of history here. I want to achieve things and help change this club for the better.”

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Ian Holloway will be delighted to read LuaLua’s words – to say he rates the striker highly would be putting it mildly.

The boss said: “You look at some of the things he does and you are blown away. We might have a bit of a hero on our hands.

“He is unpredictable but that is his greatest strength. He has given us a different dimension.

“The ball goes to him and it sticks, and we just need to work on getting support around that now.

“I still don’t think he is fully fit but he has already given us so much. For him to come to us on our budget is brilliant, and hopefully I’ll help him and he’ll help me. He is a wonderful lad and he has just slotted right in.”