Hayden White made his debut for the Seasiders last night after a three-month transfer chase.
The right-back joined on loan from Bolton on Monday, although manager Neil McDonald revealed he tried to sign the 20-year-old back in August.
White, who will remain at Bloomfield Road until January, replaced the injured Emmerson Boyce and played 90 minutes against Millwall.
McDonald was delighted to finally land his man. He said: “We tried to buy Hayden in August but he’s had a bit of an injury. I’ve been to see him play a few times and I’ve been trying to sign him.
“He’s had a few days with the lads. It’s not like he came in having never met the squad. It was all set last week and it was good to get it done.
“We are trying to bring better players in all the time to try to improve the squad, which is thin.
“If we need to (strengthen) we can and will, and with Emmerson’s injury it all worked out well in the end.”
Boyce strained his hamstring in Saturday’s goalless draw at Coventry, although the injury is not expected to keep the 36-year-old out for too long.
McDonald admits his omission was more a precaution than anything else.
He added: “It’s just a tight hamstring for Emmerson. He’s not getting any younger.
“He’s been a good performer for us and I didn’t want to risk him tearing a hamstring.”