Pool complete Osbourne signing

Isaiah Osborne is finally Ian Holloway's player after their link-up at Leicester came to a sudden halt.
Isaiah Osborne is finally Ian Holloway's player after their link-up at Leicester came to a sudden halt.
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Ian Holloway has made the first major addition to his squad by bringing in Isaiah Osbourne.

The new boy is not lacking confidence – his aim is to help the Seasiders back to the Premier League.

He has joined from SPL outfit Hibernian for a six-figure sum and he should spend longer in Ian Holloway’s company than the last time the manager signed him.

Osbourne joined Holloway on loan at Leicester in 2008 only to depart after a single training session.

It was nothing to do with either of them – Osbourne was recalled by parent club Aston Villa against his will, leaving Holloway fuming.

But four years down the line, Holloway has finally landed a player he has long admired. Osbourne, expected to make his debut in next Thursday’s opening friendly with Chorley, couldn’t be happier.

The midfielder said: “I am buzzing about the move because I wanted to come back to England, and it is a massive compliment that Ian Holloway came after me.

“I had one training session with him at Leicester. I went there on loan. I trained in the morning but then I was recalled by Villa in the afternoon.

“Martin O’Neill, then the Villa boss, phoned and told me to come back.

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“I don’t think Ollie was too happy because he thought highly of me that day, after just the one training session. I wasn’t happy either because I wanted to stay.

“It is nice to be finally reunited with him and to get a chance to play in his team. I’m excited because sometimes it takes you a while to gel with managers.

“But in that one day at Leicester in 2008 we really gelled and I have thought a lot of him ever since. I know Blackpool are a good team. I saw some of their Premier League matches and watched them get to the play-off final in May.

“It is a really good place for me to come. The manager and all the players want to get back up to the top division and I want to be a part of it.”

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