New boy Jack Redshaw feels he’s ready for a crack at League One after finally completing his move to Blackpool from Morecambe.
The 24-year-old striker is expected to make his debut in today’s opening friendly at Lancaster after drawn-out negotiations to bring him to Bloomfield Road.
And Pool made a second signing yesterday, snapping up teenage Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones on a youth loan.
As revealed in The Gazette, Redshaw had been in talks with Pool all week after a fee of around £180,000 was agreed by the clubs on Tuesday.
Blackpool had failed with a £150,000 bid a couple of weeks ago but were always confident of landing their man.
After signing a two-year deal, Redshaw said he felt it was the right time to make the step up to League One.
“I like the way the gaffer is trying to build the club and wants it moving in the right direction,” he said.
“I think the time is right to step up into League One. I’m confident in my own ability and want to be successful with Blackpool. I’m a striker and I’m here to score goals. That’s what I want to do.”
Redshaw quickly established himself as Morecambe’s prize asset after moving from Altrincham in January 2012.
He rejected a move to Peterborough last summer and scored 12 goals for the Shrimps last season.
It’s believed negotiations over personal terms were completed by new Pool secretary Nick Alford, chairman Karl Oyston having agreed the fee just hours before his six-week football ban came into effect on Wednesday.
The club has remained silent as to how big decisions will be made in Oyston’s absence, amid suggestions the chairman had floated the idea of his wife sanctioning transfers.
Redshaw’s deal got through in time, and he leaves Morecambe with nothing but fond memories.
“I was at Morecambe for three and a half years and I loved the place,” he said.
“I don’t have a bad word to say about the place but this was the right time to leave.”
Redshaw is expected to make his debut for the Seasiders this afternoon, alongside Neil McDonald’s other new signings.
Central defender Jones could also feature today, less than 24 hours after his switch from Anfield.
The 19-year-old, who captains the Reds U21s, arrived on Merseyside from Plymouth in 2011 and has represented England U20s. His loan deal follows stints with Cheltenham and Accrington.