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Perkins: Exciting Times Ahead

Posted: Thu 15 May 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Midfielder Looking Forward To Busy Summer

Blackpool’s midfield live wire David Perkins feels it is exciting times ahead at Bloomfield Road, with an influx of new faces set to arrive over the summer.

The 31-year-old collected a sizeable portion of the Player of the Season votes from supporters, despite joining from Barnsley in January.

Now Perkins is one of just six players set to be a Seasider next season, and is looking forward to seeing things evolve over the next few months.

“It’s going to be interesting to see what happens, because it’s an opportunity to build a new squad and make something happen,” said Perkins. “It’s quite exciting, but I hope the likes of Gillo will stay on, there are quite a few out of contract, so hopefully the chairman can get the deals done.”

Perkins started all 20 matches since his arrival in Lancashire, and despite a change of management, he put in solid performances on a regular basis.

“It’s not been an easy situation. I signed and the next minute the manager had been sacked, but you have to get on with it, these things happen in football.

“I couldn’t have wished for anything more. It’s always nice to hear positive comments coming back. All I can do is do my talking on the pitch and hopefully that’s what I’ve done this season.”

Following his departure from Oakwell, Barnsley dropped into League One, with Blackpool surviving thanks in large part to the impressive April victory at Wigan Athletic. 

“I’d done two and a half years at Barnsley, so I wanted them to stay up, but not at the expense of Blackpool. I wish everyone the best there, because I enjoyed my time there and I thank them for everything.

“It’s been a bit of a difficult season for us here, I think we all know that. In the end we pulled together and got the results we needed, especially against Wigan, which proved to be the deciding factor. 

“Now we all need some time off over the summer, it’ll give us time to reflect and kick-on with Championship football next season, which is brilliant,” said Perkins.