Blackpool snap up free agent John O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan has signed a one-year deal with an option for a further year
O'Sullivan has signed a one-year deal with an option for a further year

Blackpool have snapped up attacking midfielder John O'Sullivan on a free transfer.

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The 24-year-old, a free agent after being released by League Two side Carlisle United, has penned an initial one-year deal with an option for a further year.

He moves to Bloomfield Road after 18 months with Carlisle, where he made a total of 42 appearances.

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

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, whom he worked under at academy and first-team level at Ewood Park.

Bowyer said: “John is a player we know very well and I’m really pleased to bring him to the club.

"We know the qualities he possesses and what he’s capable of producing, and he arrives here with a point to prove.”

O’Sullivan added: “I came here last week and met Gary and Terry and had a good chat with them about where I want to be and should be.

"It was an easy decision for me to come and play for them. I’ve worked with them in the past - they’ve known me since I was 15 – and they know my strengths and my weaknesses. I can’t wait to get going.”

The signing means Blackpool now have 16 players on their books for next season.

That will soon become 17 as the Seasiders are still expected to finalise the season-long loan signing of Rangers striker Joe Dodoo.

Final paperwork is being exchanged with the Ibrox club and the deal is expected to be a formality.