Nathan Tyson hopes to put two nightmare years behind him after signing for Blackpool.
The striker moved from Derby just half an hour before Monday’s transfer deadline on a one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months.
He’s endured a difficult couple of seasons at Pride Park since joining from Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.
And so he sees this move as a fresh start. “My first season at Derby was a nightmare,” the 31-year-old told The Gazette.
“I had two operations on my groin and the first one didn’t go well. I then had to go under the knife again and it was hard work. I ended up missing most of that season.
“The second season I started well and scored two in three starts – then, bang, I was never heard of again. It just didn’t happen for me.
“I then went on loan to Millwall and ended up rupturing the ligaments in my ankle.
“I’ve been very unfortunate and haven’t had the chance to show people what I can do.”
Tyson has good pedigree at Championship level. He reached the play-offs early in his career with Reading and twice with Nottingham Forest. Indeed, he played in Blackpool’s famous 4-3 semi-final win en route to promotion in 2010.
And he feels his experience could be a real asset for the Seasiders. “I got to two play-off semi-finals with Forest and I want to get back to the form I had then,” he added.
“Each time I’ve got to the play-offs I’ve never made it up, so it would be nice to finally put that right here.
“I know Blackpool have been on the radar for a while now, so I’m very, very excited.
“Ian Holloway tried to sign me when I went to Derby, so I could have come here a lot earlier.”
Tyson’s deal went right to the wire on deadline day, despite being spoken of weeks ago. Confirmation of the deal finally arrived just 30 minutes before the deadline.
He explained: “At about 3pm I got a phone call and was told I had two options.
“I wanted something done, but one minute it was on, then it was off.
“That’s always the case with negotiations. It got to about 9pm and I made my decision to come here.
“I spoke to the gaffer and he 100 per cent convinced me this was the right move. Once I’d spoken to the manager it was a no-brainer for me.
“I got myself to Derby and signed everything at about 10.30. I have a good feeling about this move.”