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Happy reunion at Blackpool for new signing O'Sullivan

John O'Sullivan at Bloomfield Road
John O'Sullivan at Bloomfield Road

John O’Sullivan is looking forward to reacquainting himself with some familiar faces when he dons the famous tangerine jersey for Blackpool next season.

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The 24-year-old signed for the club as a free agent on Tuesday, penning an initial one-year deal with an option for a further year.

The attacking midfielder had been released by League Two Carlisle United after 18 months, having made 42 appearances for the Cumbrians.

He played only 23 times last season, after picking up an injury in pre-season which kept him out of action until November. When he did play, O’Sullivan was left frustrated at being deployed on the wing as he sees himself in a more influential central role.

A former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Birmingham-born O’Sullivan started his career at Blackburn Rovers.

His eight years at Ewood Park included two fruitful loan spells with Accrington Stanley, as well as stints at Barnsley, Rochdale and Bury.

His switch to Blackpool sees O’Sullivan link up again with manager Gary Bowyer and assistant Terry McPhillips, with whom he worked at academy and first-team levels at Blackburn.

O’Sullivan said: “I came here last week and met Gary and Terry. I had a good chat with them about where I want to be and should be.

“It was an easy decision for me to come and play for them. I’ve worked with them in the past. They’ve known me since I was 15, and they know my strengths and my weaknesses. I can’t wait to get going.”

Bowyer added: “John is a player we know very well and I’m really pleased to bring him to the club.

“We know the qualities he possesses and what he’s capable of producing, and he arrives here with a point to prove.”

The signing means Blackpool now have 16 players on their books for next season.

That should become 17 this morning when the Seasiders are expected to finally complete the season-long loan signing of Rangers striker Joe Dodoo.

Final paperwork is being exchanged with the Glasgow club.

There could well be further movement today, with Gary Bowyer continuing apace in his bid to bolster his Blackpool squad ahead of the 2018-19 League One campaign.