Blackpool new boy expects to hit the ground running

John O'Sullivan is one of several new signings so far
John O'Sullivan is one of several new signings so far

It’s been another summer of change at Blackpool this pre-season but new recruit John O’Sullivan says he doesn’t expect it to take too long for their new-look squad to gel.

The former Carlisle United midfielder is one of 12 new faces to arrive at Bloomfield Road this summer, having penned an initial one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

The 24-year-old has been training with his new team-mates for the past month and he doesn’t envisage any problems, despite the big turnaround.

“As one of the new players it’s just normal for us, so it’s actually worked out pretty well,” he said.

“We’ve all been in the same boat so it’s been good from that point of view.

“It’s been a great few weeks and it feels like the team has been together for a long time.

“We’ve all mixed well and got to know each other. We went to Scotland earlier this month and that was a good week away.

“We’ve got a lot of new players and that’s a lot of new personalities to bring into the dressing room.

“So being away with each other, you get to mingle and get to know each other and that’s helped us build a good team spirit. Everything has been good so far.

“We’ve done a few activities. We went kayaking. Gary (Bowyer, Blackpool boss) is the sort of manager who likes to throw in curveballs every now and then to see how we react as a team.

“I know he’s big on the mental side, he’s all about positivity and wants everyone to get on well.

“That’s one thing he tries to install, a good togetherness so we all work hard for each other.

“You’re throwing a whole new squad together and we need to get a grip on how we play, but the more we play together, the better we should get.

“We haven’t looked out of place as a team so far but we need to take that into the season now.”

The 24-year-old, who was released by League Two Carlisle at the end of last season, moved to Bloomfield Road after 18 months with the Cumbrians, where he made 42 appearances.

Last season he played just 23 times after picking up an injury in pre-season which kept him out of action until November.

When he did play, O’Sullivan was frustrated at being deployed on the wing as he sees himself in a more influential central role.

A former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, O’Sullivan started his career at Blackburn Rovers and also had two fruitful loan spells with Accrington Stanley.

His switch to Blackpool sees him link up again with manager Gary Bowyer and assistant Terry McPhillips, under whom he worked at academy and first-team level at Ewood Park.