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Osbourne Completes Move

20 July 2012

Midfielder becomes second signing of the summer

Blackpool FC are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Isaiah Osbourne from Hibernian.

The former Aston Villa man has spent the last 12 months in the SPL and becomes the Seasiders second signing of the summer on a one-year deal, with the option of a further year.

A deep-lying midfielder, Osbourne will provide further competition in the engine room at Bloomfield Road and links up with manager Ian Holloway for a second time after a brief encounter during a loan spell at Leicester City.

"I'm delighted to be joining this club and absolutely buzzing to be here," said Osbourne.
"I went on-loan to Leicester when I was playing for Aston Villa and I only had one training session under him before I was called back, but he made a big impression on me in a short space of time.

"I got to like him even during that one day and hopefully this time it lasts a little bit longer than the first time."
A desire to move closer to his Birmingham roots, where his children are based, was another key motivation in his move back across the border.

But his experiences over the past year have stood him in good stead and he believes they have made him both a better player and person.

"I've been in Scotland at Hibernian and I went there to basically get some football under my belt on a regular basis.

"It got to the point where I wasn't getting any game time at Aston Villa and I went to Scotland to play on a regular basis, which I've done.

"I moved away from home and had to find my feet elsewhere and I'm glad that I did that," he added.

After a tough first pre-season training session at Squires Gate, earlier today, Osbourne's next task is to adapt to the club's pass and move philosophy, something he is confident of doing.

"I really see myself slotting into the way Blackpool play and I love the style of football that the manager plays," he continued.

"The team keeps the ball on the floor and plays football and that's what it's all about for me.

"Football in Scotland is a little bit different to England and it will be good to play at a really good level in the Championship and I can't wait to get started."

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