Midfielder Hoping To Impress SupportersPortuguese midfielder Tiago Gomes says the ‘Blackpool project’ sold to him by manager Ian Holloway was the reason behind his move to the club.
The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the option of a further year, last night, and arrives at Bloomfield Road at the end of three years with Spanish Second Division outfit Hercules.
“I’m very happy to sign for this club, this club is a big club and I feel so happy to play here. I found out a couple of weeks ago of Blackpool’s interest and I’m glad we have come to an agreement so quickly,” said Gomes.
“I have a big desire to play in England so much and I think this club is a perfect fit because we aim to fight for promotion and the project is an exciting one.”
Gomes met his new team-mates on the pre-season trip to Portugal and it was there that he spoke to manager Ian Holloway for the first time.
“I’ve spoken to the coach already and he has fantastic energy,” he added. “He has told me that he wants the team to be fighting for the number one spot in the Championship and he wants me to work hard for him every week, which I will do.”
The midfielder’s knowledge of the club stems back to The Seasiders' Premier League campaign, with Blackpool matches featuring regularly on Portuguese television.
And though he acknowledges the intense competition for midfield places at the club, he is hoping that supporters will be impressed with what he has to offer.
“I’m a midfield player who likes to score goals, but I cannot say what I am or how good I am, it’s up to the supporters to make their minds up on that and I hope they enjoy watching me play.
“I’ve had four weeks without training so I expect I am a little bit behind my team-mates. It’s important that I get out on to the pitch and get myself fit so that I can be a part of the team from the start.
“We only have three weeks before the start and I will need to be ready.”