Simon Grayson on Curtis Tilt's departure and Blackpool's deadline day signings of Taylor Moore and Teddy Howe

Simon Grayson believes Blackpool's January signings means the Seasiders are 'very close' to turning around their fortunes.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 6:00 am

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The Seasiders brought in another three new players on deadline day, making it 12 incomings in total for the month.

Midfielder Ben Garrity arrived from non-league and Taylor Moore and Teddy Howe arriving from Bristol City and Reading respectively.

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Howe, a 21-year-old right-back, will be a familiar face to Blackpool fans having played against Grayon's men twice last month.

“He impressed me when we played Reading in the FA Cup ties," Grayson told The Gazette.

“He’s athletic, quick, gets up and down the pitch and again he’ll add to the competition for places we’ve got.

“It’s been a hectic period for us, but people will realise we’ve been working extremely hard to change around the squad and the dynamics of it to improve it all.

“I keep saying we’ve got some good players so we’re not going to be a million miles away from getting that result that will really turn around our season.

“I’m not just saying it for the sake of it, I genuinely believe it because of the players I’ve brought in to this football club with the backing of the owner.

“We are very close to making things happen.”

Blackpool’s busy month of transfer activity ended with Moore arriving on loan from Bristol City as a direct replacement for Curtis Tilt, who made the move to Rotherham United.

A long-time Millers target, Tilt ended his three-year stay at Blackpool to link up with Paul Warne’s table-topping South Yorkshire outfit.

“Any players going out of the football club have had to suit all parties in terms of money coming in, the player wanting to leave and us ultimately having replacements,” Grayson said.

“We did the Jordan Thompson deal (to Stoke City) because he was available and we knew potentially Curtis could be leaving as he was out of contract at the end of the season.

“We had Taylor Moore lined up who I’m really excited about, he’s got a massive reputation and has started 20 odd games in the Championship.

“I had people talking to me on Friday night asking how we’ve managed to pull that deal off. Well, we’re showing our ambition.

“This kid is a good player and he will certainly enhance us.”