LUDOVIC Sylvestre has revealed how his pal Elliot Grandin helped him through a difficult first year at the club.
Pool’s French pair have been inseparable since becoming Ian Holloway signings ahead of the Seasiders Premier League campaign.
But while Grandin was an instant hit and played a major role in the top flight, Sylvestre spent most of the season on the bench.
Sylvestre has now broken into the side and looks to have nailed down a place.
But he has had some tough times over the last 15 months, and has only got by with a little help from his friend.
“It is great now and I am really happy because playing football on a regular basis is all I ever wanted to do,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Watford.
“I feel like I’m properly part of the team now and that makes you feel better off-the-pitch as well.
“But it wasn’t easy in the first year and Elliot helped me through that.
“The odd thing is that we didn’t know each at all before we signed for Blackpool but we quickly became really good friends and it has been good for me to have someone like that around over the last couple of years.”
“He helped me a lot when I was out of the team and in the last couple of months, while he has been injured, I’ve been able to help him.
“It is an important friendship to me and the good thing is that Elliot (who has missed the last three months with a foot problem) is training with us now and will soon be playing again.
“It hasn’t been an easy few months for him but I have tried to help him. He is feeling good again and when he is ready and comes back in, he will be very important to us because he is a very good player.”
Sylvestre, 27, has started the last seven games – making more appearances in the space of a few weeks than he did in his first 15 months at the club.
It is why he is a contented man at the moment – though he knows he can’t afford to rest on his laurels.
“I know I am playing now but if I have a bad game and we lose a match I know I could be left out again,” he added.
“I just want to help Blackpool move forward and at the moment, I think I’m doing that. But it could easily stop so I need to keep giving my all in every match, as I always do.”
Pool - and Sylvestre - have lost just one of the last seven games, and are aiming to continue the good run against Watford.
“Our home form has been great (only Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham’s is better) and it would be nice to keep that going,” the midfielder added.
“We are playing well at the moment, although Southampton was a bit frustrating because a late goal cost us the points. But they were a strong team and I think we showed we were just as good as them.
“We’ve been playing well for a while now. Leeds has been my favourite game – it has to be because we won 5-0.”