Gary Bowyer's delight at Blackpool double transfer swoop

Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor

Blackpool made a double swoop as Gary Bowyer continues to defy the current uncertainty surrounding the club to bolster his squad ahead of the 2018/19 season.

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Experienced midfielder Chris Taylor followed striker Joe Dodoo in putting pen to paper on a Seasiders deal yesterday.

Taylor will join the club on July 1 following his departure from Bolton Wanderers.

The 31-year-old has made over 400 senior appearances in a career which began at Oldham Athletic and has included stints with Millwall and Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

It was at Rovers where he previously played under Bowyer.

Taylor said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here, and I can’t wait to meet the lads and get going for pre-season.

“The gaffer took me to Blackburn a few years ago (2013) and I loved every minute under him.

“He did a really good job at Blackburn and he’s come here, where it’s been two successful years for him and the club. I’m hoping that continues into next year.”

Bowyer is building a strong contingent of former Blackburn players, having signed John O’Sullivan on Tuesday, a midfielder he also worked with at Ewood Park.

Nathan Delfouneso also had a brief spell playing under Bowyer at Blackburn in 2015-16.

Bowyer added: “Chris is another player we know well, and he’s a very strong and experienced addition to the squad.

“He’s played in the Championship and League One and arrives here with a point to prove. We’re happy to be working with him again.”

Bowyer also spoke of his delight at finally completing the season-long loan signing of Dodoo.

The Seasiders had hoped to sign the 22-year-old from Rangers on Monday but eventually got their man subject to the deal gaining international clearance.

The forward, who is also capable of playing on either wing, has spent the past two seasons at the Glasgow club after coming through the Leicester City academy system.

Bowyer added: “Joe is a fantastic signing for us and I would like to thank Rangers for allowing him to join for the season.

“He can play in a variety of positions across the front line and adds pace, power and goals to the side. We’re really excited to work with him.”

Dodoo, who has managed only 27 appearances for the Ibrox club, said: “I’m delighted to be here.

“I spoke to the manager and he told me what he’s trying to achieve this season, and I like the sound of it.

“It’s a good club and I can’t wait to get started.”