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I turned down Pool as kid, says goal hero

LIAM Dickinson is aiming to make up for lost time at Blackpool – a decade after he first played for the club.

The Seasiders new scoring star has revealed that he was a schoolboy at Bloomfield Road and was offered a contract.

But he was also being chased by Bolton and decided to sign for the Premiership club instead.

Dickinson's career has been a rollercoaster ride since – released by Bolton and Blackburn and dropping into the part-time ranks before finally breaking back into the Football League.

On loan at Pool from Derby, Dickinson scored twice during a blistering 15-minute cameo at Plymouth to give the Seasiders their first victory since November 1.

And afterwards the 23-year-old revealed that it wasn't the first time he has worn tangerine.

"Not many people know this but when I was younger I was a schoolboy at Blackpool," Dickinson said.

"After about six months I got asked to sign but I ended up going to Bolton Wanderers.

"I can't remember who the coaches were at Blackpool but Bolton were a bigger club at the time and I signed for them.

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"So I've got a little bit of a past here and it's quite nice to be back and hopefully to do a good job for the club. What happened at Plymouth really was a bit of a dream come true. Three years ago I was at Woodley Sports playing non-league.

"The transformation from non-league to the Championship, scoring the winner for Stockport in the League Two play-off final at Wembley along the way, is a dream come true.

"But I'm still young and relatively inexperienced and I've still got things to prove, especially to people back at Derby," he added.

"I am just trying to learn more and more every day.

"But to get off to the start I did was great and I'm looking forward to every game as it comes."

Dickinson's double has put him in pole position to make his first Championship start in Saturday's home clash with Charlton.

"That would be great because Charlton are a massive club and I'm sure the atmosphere at Bloomfield Road would be terrific," added the frontman.

"Charlton aren't having the best of seasons. Our confidence is back after that victory at Plymouth and we just want to pick up where we left off and go at them all guns blazing."

Dickinson moved to Derby from Stockport in the summer for an initial 750,000. The deal could eventually rise to 1m.

But he has been unable to break into Paul Jewell's team and was sent to Huddersfield on loan earlier in the campaign.

He hit six goals in 12 games at the Galpharm Stadium and admits it bolstered his confidence.

"It did me a world of good having that loan spell at Huddersfield," added Dickinson.

"When I signed for Derby I didn't have the best of pre-seasons and I lost a bit of confidence.

"The manager wanted me to get out and get some games and goals for my confidence. That's what I did. I scored six in 12 at Huddersfield.

"Getting those two in my first game for Blackpool keeps it going and I'm feeling more and more confident each time I go out on the pitch."

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