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Eccleston Back at Blackpool

12 November 2013

The striker's thoughts after his Carlisle loan

Returning loanee Nathan Eccleston has no regrets over his short spell at Carlisle, despite finding regular playing time hard to come by at Brunton Park.

The 22-year-old, who joined The Seasiders from Liverpool last summer, says getting himself back to full fitness was his main priority when he joined the League One side last month.

He said: “After my hamstring injury it was good to just get myself match-fit again and at least get some minutes on the pitch.”

With a huge influx of strikers on the books at Bloomfield Road, Eccleston knows it is a tough task to force himself into Paul Ince’s immediate plans, but it is a challenge he won’t shy away from.

“I think with the formation the team is playing at the moment, and how well they are playing, it will be very difficult for me to get back into the team, as we are far from short in terms of attacking options.

“Obviously I haven’t played as much as I would have liked but I’ve not given up hope of establishing myself here - that’s for sure.

“Any player would want to play for a team in the top six, but with that comes competition, but I think with competition it will bring the best out of you.

“It’s a great club with a lot of good people connected to it, so I certainly won’t be giving up hope just yet.”

Eccleston admits his immediate concern is maintaining his fitness, and says he’d be in favour of another loan move, should the opportunity arise.

“I’m just going to maintain my fitness levels and if it gets to a point where I’m consistently not playing and not having something to look forward to at the end of the day, then hopefully I can go out on loan and play regularly.

“When I first signed here I wanted to settle down and try and play as much as possible, as I had already had a number of loan deals prior to coming here.

“At least I know now that I’m fit enough to play now. If I do the right things in training and if there aren't people pulling their weight, then hopefully the gaffer will give me a run in the team," he added.

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