Bradley Orr hopes his loan move to Blackpool will end the personal “torture” he’s gone through in recent months.
The 30-year-old defender was forced to watch from the sidelines at Blackburn, having been frozen out after a number of bizarre incidents.
It all stems back to an interview following Rovers’ relegation from the Premier League, when the full-back publicly defended under-pressure manager Steve Kean.
Rovers fans reacted badly, and when Kean was sacked 12 months ago Orr found himself well out of favour.
He was recalled by Michael Appleton, whose sacking after two months in charge left Orr back in the reserves.
Now he hopes the move to Bloomfield Road will give his career a fresh start.
Orr told The Gazette: “At the end of every week your reward as a footballer is a match. Every footballer just loves playing games.
“For the last three or four weeks I’ve been watching Soccer Saturday and it’s been torture.
“So just for the chance to be back in and around the squad, and to be back doing what I do best, I’m really looking forward to it.
“So many things happened at Blackburn. I don’t want to be disrespectful as they still pay my wages, so I can’t say too much.
“But I’m here now and I just want to concentrate on giving my best to Blackpool.”
Orr’s football CV is very impressive. The Liverpudlian right-back enjoyed a highly successful six years at Bristol City before playing 35 times for QPR during their Championship title-winning season of 2010-11.
He is looking forward to his first training session with the full squad today and Orr already senses the spirit at the club.
He said: “A lot of the emphasis here is on team spirit and that can get you anywhere, especially at this level.
“It’s an opportunity I can’t wait to take and I’m really looking forward to getting started.
“Thankfully I’m at a club that’s doing well and has a great togetherness.
“Lads here are playing out of position and not batting an eyelid – that’s what it’s all about