Chopra: This is my fresh start

Blackpool signing Michael Chopra
Blackpool signing Michael Chopra
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Michael Chopra thinks his move to Blackpool symbolises a fresh start in his career.

The 29-year-old joined the Seasiders this week after a turbulent 12 months on and off the field.

Things didn’t go to plan during his time at Ipswich, with highly publicised personal issues constantly appearing to hold him back.

But his record as a striker speaks for itself, and the 29-year-old is desperate for people to be back talking about him for the right reasons.

“This is a fresh start for me,” he said. “I’m at a club here where I’m wanted. I’m just pleased to be here and happy to be given the chance to play football again.

“I had the chance to come on loan last season, everything was all in place then I scored against Blackpool and it put everything off.

“But I’ve been in talks with the owner for a while now, and it was just a case of getting it all done.”

Chopra’s signing has been welcomed by Pool’s supporters, desperate for firepower after the departure of Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Nathan Delfouneso and Kevin Phillips.

And it’s the fans’ support which is exciting Chopra most.

He said: “That will be the best thing. When I was playing at Ipswich there were fans who would criticise me and didn’t want me to be at the football club.

lackpool I know all the fans will be behind me. That is the most important thing for me.

“When I’m happy, you’ll see it in the games.”

The former Newcastle and Sunderland man has fired more than 100 league goals in his career so far, seeing more than £9m in transfer fees splashed on him.

He also scored the opening goal in the 2010 play-off final for Cardiff in which Blackpool went onto win promotion to the Premier League.

So there was no surprise Pool weren’t the only club interesting in signing him.

“I was on my way to Barnsley to complete a medical and I got a phone call asking me to come here instead - I jumped at the chance,” he said.

“There were other clubs in for me, it was just a case of me seeing where I wanted to go and where I would be happy. I’ll be able to bring my family to the area, which will be nice.

“When I was at Ipswich my family couldn’t really come down as it was so far away. That will really help me as a player as I’ll have my family around me.

“I believe I have a bright future here.”

The Newcastle born star’s first game will be this Sunday against his hometown club.

“I forgot Blackpool were playing Newcastle until I signed and the secretary mentioned it,” Chopra admitted. “It’s perfect.

“It’s the team which I grew up playing for and supporting. It’s always nice playing against them, it would be nice to get on the scoresheet too.”