Bright Osayi-Samuel says Neil McDonald’s faith in him is helping his progression to first team football.
Despite being just 17-years-old the winger has managed 18 senior appearances since being handed his break back in March by previous manager Lee Clark.
But it’s the arrival of McDonald which really helped him kick-on.
Since offering the academy graduate a two-year deal this summer McDonald has made Osayi-Samuel a regular in Pool’s squad this season, playing 12 times so far already.
And it’s the McDonald influence which he says has been key.
“The Gaffer has put his trust in me and I’ve got to repay it,” he explained.
“I feel confident when I come on because I know I have his backing. I’m able to play with no fear and express myself.
“Since signing my pro deal I’ve been able to really concentrate on the two years I’ve got ahead of me.
“I’ve got to get goals and try to assist, and improve game by game.
“As a young player you’ve got to show the manager that you really, really want to be on the pitch and I’m always doing anything to make sure he knows that.”
Much has been made about Blackpool’s improvement in recent weeks, the Seasiders dragging themselves out of the League One relegation zone.
And Osayi-Samuel thinks the spirit within the squad has really helped.
He said: “In training everyone is trying to go that extra mile, do something different from the rest, they’re really good signs to show how the whole team is improving and that correlates with our results.
“They’re encouraging times out there, we’re gelling together now and you can see that with the results.
“Now we’re out of the relegation zone we can get our season up and running, and aim for higher places.”