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Halliday: I Loved Blackpool Spell

8 May 2014

Middlesbrough Man Reflects On Time At Bloomfield Road

Andy Halliday says his loan spell with Blackpool has helped him fall back in love with football again.

The 22-year-old winger, who proved to be a versatile addition to the squad in January, made 18 appearances in tangerine following a frustrating time on the sidelines at Middlesbrough.

"When you're not playing games it's a very, very lonely sport and I'm not shy in the way I speak about it because I'm passionate about football," he said. "I grew up in a footballing background and my back garden was pretty much Ibrox.

"I fell out of love for the game because I wasn't really playing. At the end of the day, that's not what I'm here to do. Thankfully I managed to come here, get some games and be a part of some good results and good memories. It's made my enjoy my football again."

Halliday returns to Middlesbrough mentally tougher given his experience at Bloomfield Road, with the battle at the bottom proving a real test of character.   

"It's been a bit like the Pleasure Beach to be honest, a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I wanted to come here and get some experience and play some football, which thankfully I did. One of the most important things is that we've managed to keep this club in The Championship.

"They were mentally tough games that I've been part of in the past few weeks and I've come out mentally tough at the end of it.

"I've really enjoyed my time here and I'll have good memories when I look back on my time at Blackpool."

Now set for a summer break, Halliday isn't too concerned about what the future holds for the moment.

"Next pre-season I'll sort of worry about my future but, as I've said, I've enjoyed my time here so you never know what happens," he added.

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