Hungry Pritchard sets his goals for Blackpool

Harry Pritchard
Harry Pritchard
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Blackpool’s latest recruit Harry Pritchard will be aiming to transfer his non-league goalscoring form to the Seasiders in League One next season.

Blackpool’s latest recruit Harry Pritchard will be aiming to transfer his non-league goalscoring form to the Seasiders in League One next season.

The winger, who became Blackpool’s second signing of the summer following Michael Nottingham, scored 16 goals for Maidenhead United in the National League last season.

He also provided 12 assists in a strong individual campaign which saw him crowned the players’ and supporters’ player of the season at York Road.

The 25-year-old, who will be playing full-time football for the first time with the Seasiders next season, is confident he can recreate last term’s form in the third tier.

Pritchard said: “Scoring goals is my aim. As a left midfielder I want to be on the scoresheet as often as I can and get as many assists as I can.

“So I’m happy to do that, and hopefully I can bring those goals and assists to Blackpool.

“I think the last few seasons I’ve been progressing a lot and last season was definitely my best at Maidenhead (where he spent six years).

“So I’m ready for the step up and I’m looking forward to going into full-time football. I’ve never done that before.

“I’m looking forward to training hard, working hard in pre-season and hopefully I can start the season well.”

Pritchard, who has signed a two-year deal with Blackpool, follows a number of players given a platform to shine at Bloomfield Road over the past 12 months.

Curtis Tilt made the step up from non-league to enjoy a fine debut campaign as a League player, having signed from Wrexham last summer.

Gary Bowyer has also signed Nottingham from non-league, with the defender clinching a move from Salford City.

Pritchard says that was one of the main factors behind him making the move up north.

He added: “There are a few players in the squad who have played in non-league, so that shows the manager trusts players and is willing to play them if they continue to work hard, so I know what I’ve got to do.

“Being based down south it’s a big move for me but I’m prepared to take that commitment.

“I’m just looking forward to getting started.”

Although Pritchard’s goalscoring exploits made him stand out in the National League this season, he’s also the type of winger willing to work hard and do his bit for the team.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of flair and I’m the sort of winger who will get up and down and work really hard.

“The goals and assists will come along with that but hard work will definitely be the main thing.

“Hopefully I can repay with some goals.”