DANNY Coid admits it will feel strange reporting in for pre-season training with his new Accrington Stanley team-mates after 13 seasons at Blackpool.
The versatile 29-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the League Two club after making over 250 appearances for the Seasiders.
Coid told The Gazette: “It will be a strange experience when you’ve been used to turning up at the same training ground for so long.
“But the set-up at Accrington does remind me of the way it used to be at Blackpool. They try hard with the funds they have and you have to respect that.
“It’s an easygoing club. The lads have a good laugh and there are a few scousers like myself.” Liverpool-based Coid had no desire to uproot his family, which is why the offers he received from the Scottish Premier League didn’t appeal.
“I’m just relieved to have it sorted. It means I can sleep at nights,” he added.
“I watched Accrington in the play-offs last season and some of the goals they scored showed me they had a good team.”
Stanley boss John Coleman said: “Danny is our type of player. He’s exciting going forward, he’s experienced and he can defend as well.”
In another injury-hit season, Coid didn’t manage a single Premier League appearance and was loaned out to Rotherham.”
But his best wishes go to everyone connected with Pool, though he admits to being unsure how the club will respond to relegation.
“It can be hard for a club to get its morale back after relegation and a lot depends on who they bring in, but hopefully they’ll be OK.”