Terry McPhillips was full of praise for Blackpool's Curtis Tilt after the defender produced a superb display on his recall to the side for yesterday's 0-0 draw at Walsall.
Tilt had hoped to seal a deadline day move to Ipswich Town last week but the deal never materialised, leaving the centre back with no option but to stay with the Seasiders until January.
The 27-year-old had been left out of Blackpool's last two games but he was straight back in the fold on Saturday to face his hometown club.
When asked if he needed to speak to Tilt to see if he was in the right frame of mind to play, McPhillips said: “No, he was spot on. He wanted to play so that was easy and you saw his performance.
“He’s a Walsall lad. It’s a bit ironic that he lives here and the move hasn’t happened for him and the next game is Walsall away, so there you go sometimes that happens in football.
“To be fair he just got on with it and I thought he was brilliant.
“Of course we’re delighted to have him, but the lad is disappointed the move never worked out for him.
“But that’s it now, it’s gone. So he’s got to get on with it.
“He’s come a long way in 12 months in league football and I think he’s still got a bright future ahead of him.
“He’s fast, he’s strong, he’s competitive and he’s got better on the ball. I don’t understand why it was just Ipswich that came in for him.
“He used to get up at 5am and work in the quarry, so he’s a pull-your-sleeves-up type of guy and he knows what it’s like to have a real job and play part-time. It’s what he did for a number of years.
“He’s an outstanding young man and I think he’s got a really bright future ahead of him.”