McDonald nets keeper Doyle

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Neil McDonald has begun the task of rebuilding his threadbare Blackpool squad by swooping for ex-Birmingham stopper Colin Doyle.

The 29-year-old, capped by the Republic of Ireland left St Andrews last month and is the first signing for McDonald as Pool boss - putting pen to paper on a two year deal.

He spent 13 years with the Blues, playing in the Europa League, Premier League and Championship and is now keen to establish himself as number one at Bloomfield Road.

Doyle said:“I spoke to the manager today and what he said about the club and what he hopes to bring in has really convinced me to come here.”

“I was at Birmingham a long time after coming through the academy, and the last few years have gone a bit stale because I didn’t play many games there.

“ I want to come here, play regularly and get a full season under my belt.

“This is a new chapter now and one that I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Just like last summer, Pool had no professional keepers on their books prior to the signing of Doyle, having released Elliot Parrish and seeing Joe Lewis return to Cardiff after his loan season.