Andrea Orlandi will make his Blackpool debut today after finally rubber stamping his move to the club.
The 30-year-old has been training with the Seasiders for almost two weeks and played in last weekend’s game against Burnley at Bloomfield Road.
Despite signing at the start of the week, Orlandi’s deal was up in the air with Pool racing against the clock to beat yesterday’s noon registration cut-off point.
He was finally given the green light from the Football League and travelled with the side to Nottingham yesterday afternoon.
It’s an outcome he was delighted with.
“I’m really pleased to finally get it done, I have a good feeling about Blackpool and the manager,” he said.
“I’ve been very impressed with the training.
“The manager has his methodology which is all about thinking and it makes things interesting. I think it will really help us to develop as a team and in one or two months we’ll see Blackpool playing really good football.
“We want to play quicker and I’ve been very impressed.
“It’s been important that the group of lads were good as it’s not been easy.
“But there are no egos here, everyone is humble and we are starting to build a really good squad here.
“The manager wants us to keep the ball on the floor and play football, his main target is to make us play.”
An initial delay was caused by a worry over the player’s medical, with staff concerned about an old knee injury the midfielder had while at Brighton.
But after further checks he was cleared, and the player himself says he’s fully fit.
He said: “I have no problems with my knee now, none at all.
“I didn’t fail a medical or anything like that, I played 20 games after my injury last season.
“I had it checked out in the summer over in Spain and I’m ready to play a big part for Blackpool this season.
“I can’t wait now.”
Orlandi, who’s a friend of former Pool midfielder Angel Martinez, has already settled into life on the Fylde coast.
And he already seems a big fan.
“To be honest I’ve spent most of my time here training and resting,” he said.
“But I’ve managed to get up to Lytham which is really nice and eaten at a few restaurants.
“So far I really like the place.
“Everyone seems very supportive and we are going to need that.
“I can’t wait to pay the support back and get this club playing the way it should.”