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Ferguson: Grandin's A Quality Player

Posted: Thu 06 Feb 2014
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Barry Looks To Bring Best Out of Midfielder

Barry Ferguson hopes to bring the best out of Elliot Grandin following the midfielder's return to the club until the end of the season.

An ex-team-mate of the Frenchman, Ferguson has been impressed with Grandin's attitude since arriving back at Bloomfield Road and now wants his work ethic to match his talent.  

"I've known Elliot in the past and he's a quality player. He became a free agent and there's no doubting Elliot's ability - I've played with him before - I just need to get a bit of work out of him," he admitted. "I'm convinced that I'm the man that can get that out of him.

"He's shown in the last couple of days that he's willing to put a shift in, which makes me happy. He's got a hunger and that's what I want to see in players. Ability wise there's no doubting that the guy is a talented player."

A lot has changed since Grandin's last spell with The Seasiders but the 26-year-old has been quick to settle in with the rest of the group.

"It's a different squad, there's a lot of new players as well. He's fitted in well and it's important that everybody is together. I want a good feeling about the place again. I explained that to Elliot and he's settled in fine."

Although off the pace a little, Grandin could make his second debut in tangerine against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. 

"He's not up to match sharpness because he's not had much game time. He played in a bounce game the other game and he had a hard training session today with a bit of extra running. He'll be available for selection for Saturday but it's going to take about a week or 10 days to get him up to scratch," Ferguson added.