Paterson ‘fit and ready’ after signing for Blackpool

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Martin Paterson hopes to add experience and firepower to Blackpool after signing a one-year contract.

The 28-year-old finally put pen to paper at Bloomfield Road yesterday, after almost a week of talks over a deal.

Paterson has spent the last two weeks training with the club and scored on trial against Morecambe in the Lancashire Senior Cup last Wednesday.

And after confirming his signing last night, Paterson said he hopes to boost the squad.

“I’m delighted to get the deal done,” he said. “Obviously I’ve been training to prove my fitness and I played in the cup game.

“I’m joining the squad to add experience and firepower.

“I’ve played a lot of games at this level (well over 200 in the League) and I’m looking forward to playing as many games as I can here.

“Blackpool is a big club, and if we can get some momentum we can get the club back to where it should be.”

Paterson, who has played 22 times for Northern Ireland, was a free agent after leaving MLS side Orlando City last month.

Having burst on to the scene with Scunthorpe, Burnley and Huddersfield, injuries have seen the striker’s career stall a little in recent years – and cut short his loan stint with Fleetwood Town last season.

With Pool currently in the League One relegation zone, everyone at Bloomfield Road will be hoping he rediscovers his old form quickly.

And the Stoke-born striker has been impressed with what he’s seen so far.

He added: “There’s been a good atmosphere around the squad, even though results haven’t been going their way.

“The manager has been honest and wanted me to sign as soon as I came in.

“It was a case of proving my fitness and I’m desperate to play games now to get up to speed.”

Paterson is likely to make his debut when Barnsley visit Blackpool on Saturday.

His last match in this country was for Fleetwood against Swindon last November and injury also blighted his six months in the USA, but Paterson insisted: “I’m ready for Saturday, if needed. I’m fit, healthy and ready to go.”