Grandin feels back at home

Elliot Grandin
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Elliot Grandin has promised to bring the brilliant side of his game back to Bloomfield Road.

The Frenchman joined the club for the second time yesterday after his contract was terminated at Crystal Palace.

Grandin left Blackpool in the summer after a topsy-turvy three years on the Fylde coast.

He burst onto the scene in Ian Holloway’s Premier League midfield before personal problems saw him loaned to Nice in his native France.

The 26-year-old made little impact on his return last season, but on his day was as good as anyone in the Championship.

And when asked whether it was the good, or bad, Grandin Blackpool had signed, he responded: “The brilliant one,” with a smile.

“I am settled now.

“ I have a wife and a baby so I feel good in my life at the moment.

“To come back to Blackpool is great for me.

“I just want to train, play and enjoy my football.

“I’m very pleased to be back.

“I’m happy to be here as I know everyone.

“It feels like home at Blackpool.

“I’m looking forward to starting with the team.”

Grandin contacted stand-in boss Barry Ferguson last week to ask if he could come and try to earn a contract for the second time.

He was invited to train and played in Tuesday’s behind closed doors game at the training ground. Ferguson was impressed with the midfielder’s work, and has offered him an incentive based deal until the end of the season.

Grandin explained: “I spoke to the manager and he came back to me, it was very quick.

“I know him very well and I think he knows me well too.

“I have a good relationship with him and will give my best on the pitch for him.

“I released my contract with Crystal Palace last week and when I knew Fergie was taking charge here I thought I’d love to come back.

“I wanted to come back and play here as I felt great here when I was here, I’m really looking forward to being back.

“I’ve worked very hard this week as I wanted to come back.

“The team need me and I need the team so I’m very happy .” It’s expected the Frenchman will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s game against Nottingham Forest, although he’s unlikely to start.

Despite his mixed fortunes, Grandin was always a popular player with the club’s supporters, and he can’t wait to be back in front of them tomorrow.

“The fans have always been nice and always been behind me at Blackpool,” he said.

“Even at the end when I wasn’t playing they were always behind me.

“I’ll give my best for the fans, and for Barry.

“If I am picked I am ready to play.

“I’ve worked hard and think I can play a bit if needed.

“The Gaffer will make that decision.”