CRAIG Sutherland thought he was the victim of a prank phone call when Ian Holloway rang him to offer a trial.
The Scottish striker has spent his summer sending DVDs to clubs up and down the country after graduating from a soccer scholarship in the USA.
After replies from a number of clubs, the 22-year-old thought his mates were winding him up when Holloway called out of the blue.
After a couple of days on trial, he signed a two-year deal at Bloomfield Road yesterday (with the option of two more) and within hours came on as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 friendly win over Hibernian.
Sutherland said: “I was absolutely delighted when the call came. I actually thought it was a prank, if I’m honest.
“My dad rang me and said Ian Holloway was on the phone. I said, ‘Are you sure it’s not someone winding us up, dad?’
“When the manager rang me, I was kind of trying to catch out my mates to find out which one of them was pranking me.
“It turned out to be him, though, and I am delighted. Two days later I was here in Blackpool.”
Sutherland is believed to have really impressed Holloway so far and he did his prospects no harm with a decent first outing.
The striker flicked the ball into the path of Billy Clarke for Pool’s second goal and looked lively.
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