Bobby Grant had only been a Blackpool player for a matter of hours before he was making his debut for The Seasiders in the pre-season win over Witton Albion and the striker is delighted to have already got a game under his belt.
The 23-year-old was thrust into the starting line-up and seemed full of confidence after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with the option of a further year earlier in the day.
“It’s taken a few days to get it done but I’m made up that it is completed now and I’m looking forward to the season ahead,” said the new signing.
“It was important to get this game out of the way, meet the lads, the gaffer and the staff for the first time and get shown around the ground.
“What can I say? I’m made up that it’s come off and I’m looking forward to playing in The Championship next year.”
Grant scored just less than a goal every other game last season at Rochdale and is keen to hit the ground running in a tangerine shirt when The Championship starts in just over two weeks.
“I want to be playing and scoring goals for Blackpool and if I can do that then it is good for everyone.
“I’m a very confident player. If you asked the gaffer he will tell you the exact same.
“There is always pressure to perform, but I’m playing with good players and when you’re playing with the likes of Tom and Nathan up top it makes it a lot easier as they have a lot of quality and I just want to add mine to that and hopefully we can push on and do well next year.”
The striker knew of Blackpool’s interest just over a week ago and as soon as he received a phone call from Paul Ince his mind was made up as to where he would be playing his football next season.
“I knew it was nailed on when the gaffer rang me after the game against Halifax for Rochdale on Saturday.
“He gave me the call and said he wanted to get it done and as soon as I got that call it was time for myself and Rochdale to go our separate ways and they didn’t stand in my way.
“I was thankful to Keith Hill at Rochdale as he helped me to push it through and he has wished me nothing but the best and I’ve left on good terms,” added Grant.