Defender Delighted To Join TangerinesKirk Broadfoot believes that there is ‘something special’ about Blackpool, which persuaded the 28-year-old defender to join the Seasiders until the end of the season.
The Scotland international arrives at Bloomfield Road having agreed to leave Rangers at the end of last week and Broadfoot says he can’t wait to get started with his new club.
“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new chapter for my career and one I’m looking forward to,” he said.
“To be honest the manager [attracted me here], I almost signed here a couple of seasons ago but I stayed with Rangers. Speaking with the manager I was just blown away with him and his style of football. People couldn’t have spoken highly enough of the club so I think it was a good choice for me.
“I’ve been in for a couple of days at the training ground and all the boys seem tight-knit. Obviously I already know a few boys having played with Barry [Ferguson] at Rangers and a couple of the Scots before.
“I think it’s got something special about it, Blackpool, it just seems to have this aura about it that everyone seems to enjoy themselves here and I wanted to be part of that.”
Ayrshire-born Broadfoot, who can play either in central defence or at full-back, spent five years at the Ibrox club after joining from St Mirren in 2007. Having played the majority of his career in the SPL, he’s hoping he can help Blackpool regain their place in the top flight south of the border sooner rather than later.
“That is the plan [to get into the Premier League]. It’s not going to be easy, but that is the plan.
“I watched the play-offs last year and they were unfortunate with the play-off final. I watched the game last week [against Leicester] as well and they were unlucky not to score. It’s a big squad, we’re confident and I think the manager is confident.
“I’m just hoping to add a bit of experience, but obviously it depends where the manager wants me to play. At centre half I’d be more defensive minded, at right-back I’d be looking to try and get forward and get involved. At the end of the day, I just want to help the team and help the squad. If I can do that I’ll be doing my job.”