Pool striker Gnanduillet departs for South Africa

Armand Gnanduillet has become the second player to leave Blackpool today, having signed for South African outfit Baroka FC.

Thursday, 24th May 2018, 4:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th May 2018, 4:31 pm
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The striker, who was out of contract at Blackpool, has signed a two-year deal with the South African Premier Division side, with the option of a further 12 months.

The French-born 26-year-old will join the club for pre-season which starts on June 12.

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Baroka chief executive Morgan Mammila says he is counting on the striker to solve the team’s scoring problems upfront.

"It's two years, with a one year option. He scores goals," Mammila said.

“He was playing for Blackpool. It’s my duty to shop around for players and luckily my contacts worked.

"I spoke to the boy and I invited him to come to South Africa. He came to the country today and he signed. He is leaving the country and he will join the team when we start on the June 12.

“We were lacking a bit upfront, so I think he will help us big time. He has the experience and I believe he will do well.”

Gnanduillet, who scored five goals in 31 appearances this season, first arrived in England in 2013.

He played for Chesterfield and Leyton Orient before signing for Blackpool in 2016.

He has also played for Le Havre and AS Poissy in France.