Broadfoot rejected host of clubs to stay at Pool

Kirk Broadfoot has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months
Kirk Broadfoot has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months
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Kirk Broadfoot has revealed he turned down a number of clubs to return to Bloomfield Road.

The big defender put pen to paper on a new Blackpool contract on Friday, meaning he’s likely to spend the next two years at the club.

He made his return to action in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Penrith, with Matt Phillips and Tom Ince scoring Pool’s goals.

A host of Championship clubs, including Barnsley, Ipswich and Blackburn, spoke to Broadfoot, only for the 28-year-old to snub them in favour of a return to the Fylde coast.

“I had a few options to be fair,” he admitted.

“The amount of clubs interested was the main reason for me taking my time to make a decision.

“I could have signed for a different team on a longer contract, but the fact that I know what I’m getting made my decision.

“I took my time over the summer to decide what to do.

“I spent the summer speaking to people, and am really happy to be back at Blackpool.”

Broadfoot arrived at Blackpool from Rangers last August, initially as a right-back.

He struggled to nail down a regular place until Michael Appleton switched him to centre back for the game against Crystal Palace in December.

From then on he never looked back and was undoubtably one of Pool’s star performers last season.

And the central role is something he enjoys: “I played centre half last season, that helped a lot and I enjoyed myself here.

“Near the end of the season myself and Gary picked up quite a good partnership.

“Obviously Cathers (Craig Cathcart) is a top player and will also be pushing for a starting place.

“But the fact I can slip straight back in really helps.”

Broadfoot’s arrival, along with the signing of fellow defender Gary Mackenzie, are Ince’s first additions of the summer.

Another has agreed terms and should be completed by the middle of this week after undergoing a medical on Friday.

And boss Ince is delighted to finally get them over the line.

“I’m disappointed it took so long to get those deals done, but I’m delighted,” he said.

“We saw last season how well those two played together last season.

“That’s not forgetting Craig Cathcart who’s come back as fit as anything and is a very good player.”