Jordan Thompson out to boost international hopes with Blackpool
Jordan Thompson hopes Â his move to Blackpool will bolster his chances of further caps following his recent Northern Ireland call-up.
Jordan Thompson hopes his move to Blackpool will bolster his chances of further caps following his recent Northern Ireland call-up.The 21-year-old midfielder, who signed for the Seasiders last month, received his first two senior caps against Panama and Costa Rica, having represented his country at various youth levels.Thompson joined Blackpool after being released by Scottish giants Rangers,having had loan spells with Airdrieonians, Raith Rovers and Livingston. And the midfielder is hoping regular football will keep him in the Northern Ireland squad.He said: “I was out on loan a few times up there as well as being at Rangers, so I learned a lot from my time in Scotland. It was good.“To play for my boyhood club was brilliant. I was there for three years and it’s obviously a massive club.“I dropped down to the Championship and ended up getting promoted to the SPL with Livingston, which was a great experience.“It was also great to get the call to go away with Northern Ireland. It was a dream come true for me.“It was amazing playing against two top sides who have been at this year’s World Cup. It was tough conditions to play in but it was an amazing experience.“One of the main reasons for me coming down here is to play regular games and get back in the Northern Ireland squad.“I want to be playing week in, week out, and if I can do that I can hopefully get a few more call-ups.”Thompson has signed a two-year Seasiders deal with the option of a further year.He added: “I had a good phone call with the gaffer before signing. I’ve spoken to some other people about the club and they’ve only spoken highly of him.“I’m now just looking forward to getting started. I can’t wait to get under way.“It’s always hard coming into a new changing room when you don’t know many people, but I know Joe (Dodoo) from Scotland and he’s a great lad. I get along with him quite well.”When asked what sort of player he is, Thompson said: “I’m good on the ball but I like to get stuck in as well.“I have a decent range of passing, and I like to get forward and create things in the final third. Hopefully I can put that into effect here.”