New signing Kyle Vassell wants to be loved at Blackpool after years doing the rounds of the lower leagues.
The 23-year-old has played for an incredible 15 teams in the last six years as he struggled to settle, with seven loan moves thrown into the mix.
But after being released by Peterborough this summer, he hopes to make Blackpool his long-term home.
Vassell, who headed to Scotland with the rest of the Pool squad yesterday for a 10-day training camp, said: “I need to settle now. I’ve had a lot of clubs and a lot of loans but I don’t want to do that any more.
“I want to stay here now, be loved, be appreciated and really enjoy my football at Blackpool.
“The manager has been great with me here so far. Even people on the street have been great with me. I was in the town the other day and a fan wished me all the best.
“Little things like that can really make a difference. Hopefully that will reflect in my performances. If you enjoy what you are doing, you will always do better.”
Vassell played 32 times last season for three different clubs. Posh loaned him out to Dagenham and Redbridge and to Shrewsbury, and he was in Micky Mellon’s Shrews side which beat Blackpool 3-2 at Bloomfield Road in February.
He added: “I know what I can do – I just have to prove it again. It’s been a tough year for me but hopefully I can show what I can do at Blackpool.
“It’s about impressing in training and making sure I get a starting place. It’s good there’s so much competition up front.”
Vassell believes the training camp at St Andrews provides the perfect chance to get to know his new team-mates.
“The new boys have all settled in pretty well,” he said. “There’s a great set of lads here. When you come into pre-season training, you dread all the running you’re going to be doing.
“We’ve done a lot of hard running but it’s been short and sharp, so it’s been fine.
“I did a bit of work out of season and made sure I looked after myself, so it’s not been too bad at all. As long as you work hard off season, then you’ll usually be fine in pre-season.
“I’ve had loads of clubs, so I’m fine fitting into a new group and getting on with my team-mates. The banter is flying. It’s good to be in Scotland. It’s a long old trip but it should be good.”
Blackpool could receive up to £50,000 after the club’s former winger Matt Phillips joined West Brom from Queens Park Rangers.
The Premier League side paid £5.5m for the 25-year-old yesterday, three years after he left Pool to join QPR for £5m.
As part of that deal, it was agreed Pool would receive 10 per cent of any profit QPR made from selling him.