Robertson’s ready for the long-term Blackpool revival

Clark Robertson
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Clark Robertson wants to be part of the long-term revival of Blackpool FC.

The defender has been an almost ever-present for the Seasiders this season, having moved south in the summer from Aberdeen.

Robertson has been one of the few players to come out of Pool’s early-season struggles with credit, forging a decent partnership with Tom Aldred at centre-half.

Pool are still struggling in the League One relegation zone, despite Saturday’s win over Fleetwood, and Robertson hopes he can help stop the decline at Bloomfield Road.

The Scot said: “When Neil McDonald phoned me, he said the club was going to be changing a lot over the next couple of years. He said he wanted to build something.

“Blackpool is still a massive club. They had just been relegated from the Championship and the gaffer believes he can take Blackpool back where they should be.

“There’s a good feeling at the club now. The manager has changed a lot of things, which the fans probably don’t see. We have a very young squad but over the next few years we will get better.

“This season is just about stopping the rot that had set in. If we do that, hopefully we can then push on and move up the leagues again.

“If we pick up a few wins before Christmas and the gaffer gets a couple of players in, we can get up the table.”

The 22-year-old made a big decision to turn his back on Scottish football and end a 14-year association with Aberdeen.

Having played 21 times for the Seasiders in the unpredictable environment that is Bloomfield Road, the defender feels he’s starting to find his feet.

Robertson added: “I’ve come to League One in England and I’m loving it. I’m playing against different players in different stadiums.

“I joined Aberdeen when I was eight. Of course that made it tough to leave.

“When I came out of my meeting with the manager, I had a gut feeling I’d be leaving.

“Maybe I could have stayed and been around the squad but that was no use for me. I want to be playing every week and furthering my career.

“I’m now playing in my best position at Blackpool and hopefully that can bring out the best in me.”

Robertson had spent his whole career with his home town club before deciding to test himself in England. And he revealed it was the success of countryman Charlie Adam at Blackpool which helped him make his decision.

“When the offer came in, I definitely thought about what Charlie did there and the season they had in the Premier League,” said Robertson.

“Those memories are fresh in my mind. I remember watching on TV when Charlie scored in that play-off final against Cardiff to get them up.

“So when the manager phoned, there was only one place I was going. I wanted something new and Blackpool have given me that opportunity.

“When Charlie signed, he hadn’t been playing for Rangers but he set the Championship alight. He got promoted, played well in the
Premier League and got a huge move to Liverpool before signing for Stoke.

“Leaving Scotland and signing for Blackpool turned out to be a massive career move for him. I just hope I can do the same.”