BARRY Ferguson will meet his new Blackpool team mates this morning after signing in a deal believed to be worth £700,000.
The Seasiders have also completed the capture of Scottish left-back Bob Harris.
Harris became Pool’s fourth summer signing following three weeks on trial, with the fifth, Ferguson, being confirmed this morning.
The deal for the former Scotland captain has dragged on all week due to hitches but was finally completed today after fresh talks on Thursday.
Ferguson said: “I am really looking forward to the new challenge after two good years at Birmingham.”
“I had lengthy talks with the manager, Ian Holloway, and he is the kind of guy who makes an immediate impact on you.
“The way he comes across on TV is exactly what he is like when you meet face to face.
“He is very passionate and sold the club to me. The aim is to get straight back into the Premiership and I’ll be doing everything I can to help Blackpool achieve that.
“It’s going to be a tough season with so many good sides in the Championship vying for the three promotion places, but we have a good squad and the manager is hungry to get back up at the first time of asking. I’ve been impressed with the club, the way the manager wants to play and it’s another new chapter for me,” he told the Scottish Herald newspaper.
Harris, 24 next month, is Pool’s second left-back signing following Matt Hill. The Glaswegian has spent the last four years with Queen of the South after starting his career with Clyde.
Harris said: “I needed a new challenge and I always wanted to come down here and give it a shot. I was only meant to be on a week’s trial, so the manager must have liked what he saw.”
He found the Pool’s training camp in Portugal beneficial, adding: “It was a good bonding session and the team spirit was really good. It’s always hard being on trial but the boys have made me feel really welcome.”