New boy David Norris says there’s no need for Blackpool to panic despite being bottom of League One.
The former Plymouth, Ipswich and Leeds midfielder joined Pool as a free agent yesterday, following a brief spell with League Two club Yeovil this season.
At 34 he brings the sort of experience Neil McDonald was desperate for, having played more than 400 League games for eight clubs.
And he’s confident Blackpool can turn around their dreadful start.
“The league position didn’t worry me at all,” said the Lincolnshire-born midfielder.
“Blackpool are bottom of a tight league, where two or three wins goes a long way.
“There’s no need to panic. It’s almost a case of just needing that one win.
“I don’t think this team is too far away. They compete well. I think they’ve lacked a bit of luck although we probably have needed more.
“With a bit of luck and a couple of additions, I think things can turn around.”
The signing was possible outside the transfer window because Norris had left the Glovers on Tuesday, having played only one game.
He made a chance phone call to Pool boss McDonald, asking to train with the Seasiders.
The pair worked together 14 years ago at Bolton, and after a long chat Norris agreed to stay for the rest of the season.
“I asked the gaffer if I could come and do some training, and we got talking from there really,” added Norris, who ended last season with Peterborough after being released by Leeds in February.
“He said he has a young squad. As I’ve got older, more and more people are talking about the experience side of my game and hopefully that’s something I can bring to Blackpool. If I can help here, that’s what I’ll try to do.”
This is Norris’ 16th season as a professional, though the past summer was the first he spent without a club (he linked up with Yeovil on a non-contract basis a fortnight ago) and he admits that wasn’t easy.
“It was tough and it’s the first time it’s happened in my career,” he said.
“I had to do my own thing in pre-season. Mentally it was tough, to be honest.
“It’s not been easy, so I’m delighted to be here and I have a chance to get myself into this team.”