Striker Hoping For Fresh Start
Bobby Grant has promised Blackpool supporters there is more to come from him, after the striker endured an injury-ravaged first campaign in tangerine.
The 23-year-old, who fired 16 goals for Rochdale the previous season, played just seven times during a frustrating campaign with The Seasiders.
Grant’s luck was summed up when his loan spell with Fleetwood lasted just 38 minutes before his recurring knee injury struck again.
“I’ve said all along that I can play at this level, I’ve got another year here and it will be a big season for me,” said a determined Grant. “I went to Fleetwood to score goals and then planned to help Blackpool stay in the division, but I got injured and that was my luck.
“It’s been a terrible season for myself, to be in the team then out of it when Paul Ince was here was a blow, but that’s football, I don’t dwell on that and I look forward to next season.
“It starts for me now. I’m back in this week with Phil and I’ll continue my rehab through the summer. Hopefully I’ll come back fit and strong ready for pre-season and get back to winning matches, which is the reason I signed here last summer.”
Grant is a proven goal scorer at League Two level, but was utilised on the wing for the majority of his Blackpool appearances to date, and he is now set for a fresh start.
“I signed here as a striker, I’m not a left winger, I never have been. I’m not having a go at Paul Ince, he did fantastically to bring me here, but I felt I deserved more of a chance than what I actually got.
“It was then either go to Fleetwood, or play reserve games at Squires Gate, so I spoke to Fergie and he said it’s better for me to play 90 minutes in a league game.
“The injuries you can’t do anything about, so hopefully I can get a good pre-season under my belt. It’s all about getting fit now and getting back to scoring goals.
“I had my fingers crossed that we’d stay at this level, it’s been a tough season, but we draw a line under it and hopefully come back stronger,” said Grant.