Pool move’s such a big deal for Aldred

Blackpool's Tom Aldred
Blackpool's Tom Aldred
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Tom Aldred completed a permanent move to Blackpool last night, determined to prove himself at Championship level.

The 24-year-old signed an 18-month deal, having rushed through a short-term loan deal on Saturday morning which allowed him to be named on the bench for the win over Brighton.

Pool have paid an undisclosed fee to Accrington Stanley for the defender, who is delighted to be handed the chance to step up two divisions.

Aldred said: “I’m happy and really excited it’s all gone through now.

“It’s a good move for me and obviously a big step up from where I’ve come from. I’m looking to prove myself here at Blackpool in games.

“The move has come at the right time for me. I had a good two-year spell at Accrington.

“This was the right time in my career to step up. I feel I’m ready.”

After a disjointed start to his career – stints with Watford and Colchester did not yield a single appearance – Aldred established himself as one of the best defenders in League Two with Stanley and broke a Football League record in the process.

He explained: “I managed not only 92 starts in a row but all of them were full 90 minutes, which was great. As a defender you need games and lots of them to learn your trade.

“After various moves as a young player, I had to stabilise my career and I was able to do that at Accrington. Playing so many games has done me the world of good.”

Aldred trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday and will be in the squad which travels to Norwich this weekend.

He added: “The manager here wants me to prove myself and get into the team. I’m looking forward to playing at this higher level.

“I hope I can offer consistency. I consider myself as a steady defender.”