New striker thought Ollie offer was a hoax

New signing Craig Sutherland lets fly against Hibernian, at Bloomfield Road.
New signing Craig Sutherland lets fly against Hibernian, at Bloomfield Road.
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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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