NEW boy Tiago Gomes says he has come to Blackpool for one reason only – to win promotion.
The Portuguese midfielder caught the eye with his second-half showing during Pool’s 2-1 win against Wrexham on Saturday.
And despite playing over 30 games in Spain’s top flight last season, he thinks English football is the place to be.
Gomes said: “England has the most beautiful football in the world.
“I come here to play well and for us to finish the season in the Premier League. My goal is promotion.
“I will work hard and work with my team-mates and hopefully we’ll finish in first place.
Gomes met up with Seasiders boss Ian Holloway during the club’s recent trip to his homeland for a training camp.
After watching training and meeting some of the squad, he flew over last week to look around before signing a contract.
He added: “The project at this club is a good one and it’s great to play for Blackpool.
“The chance to play in the Championship was the reason I came here. The league is very hard.”
The 26-year-old played alongside Angel Martinez and fellow new signing Isaiah Osbourne at the Racecourse on Saturday.
He created a number of chances and took all Pool’s set-pieces.
And after the match, he told The Gazette he’s still a little way from full fitness.
“It was my first game, so it is normal that I was a little bit tired after it.
“I will get fitter when I play and I’m looking forward to the first game of the season.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first week here. The team here are great guys and there are some great players here.”
With manager Holloway at a family wedding, it was assistant Steve Thompson who took charge of the Seasiders during
And he thinks it was a good workout. “We gave them all 45 minutes each. It gives us an idea of how far everyone is off in terms of fitness,” said Thompson.
“It lets us know how much we need to step it up in training. It was a decent workout and gives us plenty to work on.”