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Ince: Fuller Just What We Need

Posted: Thu 15 Aug 2013
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Manager On New Signing

Paul Ince remains hopeful that he can bring another new face in before the weekend following the arrival of Ricardo Fuller this afternoon.

The striker became the Club's seventh signing of the summer and Ince believes he is a player who brings something different to The Seasiders' frontline.

"With Ricardo, two years ago he was playing 30-odd games for Stoke in the Premiership and I think since I've been here we've not had that big, strong tough man, who can hold the ball and bully centre-halves," said the Pool boss.

"I actually think, looking at The Championship, it's starting to get more physical than it was the past couple of years and you need a physical presence and we've got that in abundance, but I always felt that we needed someone like Ricardo. 

"Speaking to Chris Powell, they wanted to sign him but they are waiting for a takeover to take place so he was disappointed to lose him, but it's a chance for him to come in a show what he can do.

"But as his CV stands he is a very good player. I don't think he is 100% fit, in fact I know he's not, but then again neither is Steven Davies or Chopra and they are all behind as far as throwing them in straight away for 90 minutes, so the fact that we've got three of them, they may have to play bit parts during the game because I don't think they are fit enough to last 90 minutes."

Ince has made it clear that the Club are far from finished in terms of transfer activity in this window and remains hopeful of bringing in another player in the not too distant future.

"We hope to get another one in today just to bolster the squad, but the clock is ticking so we've got to start moving quickly. As I said last week nothing changes, as much as we want to bring players in there is not a lot out there and you've got to bring in quality and players who fit into the culture of the Club and the Blackpool spirit.

"If you look at our first two wins, as much as we did okay, a lot of it has been based on the spirit of the team and we're going to need player like that in the changing room and have positive thinking."

The Seasiders remain without a senior right-back, but there are a couple of players who can fill the position with Kirk Broadfoot having been deployed there in the opening two games and Ince has been pleased with the professionalism shown by the defender.

"As much as it is a main priority of mine, I think Broady has done a good job. 

"You forget that he has played there for Rangers in the Champions League so he can play right-back. I know he is naturally a centre-half, but he has not let himself down, he can defend and he's another big one for us.

"As much as I do need a right-back I'm not pushing the panic button because Broady has done ever so well in that position."