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Clark Happy With Arrivals

27 November 2014

Manager Pleased To Bring In Foley and O'Keefe

Lee Clark has declared himself 'happy' with the two bits of transfer business he's been able to conclude today prior to the loan window closing. 

The manager has moved swiftly to bring Kevin Foley and Stuart O'Keefe to Bloomfield Road in an effort to bolster his squad options moving forward.

The deal for Foley secures a return to the club after a stint last season, with Brian Lenihan's injury creating a space at right-back. 

"Kevin became an important one for us because after the game last weekend young Brian Lenihan reported in to the medical team, he had an issue with his knee," Clark explained. "When we examined it we found it was going to be a long-term problem, which was a blow. The boy was doing well and my relationship with Steve Bruce helped that one over the line.

"We needed a right-back in and Kevin fitted the bill. He did well in his last time here and we knew that he was desperate to come out and play some football."

Midfielder O'Keefe drops down from the Premier League to join The Seasiders until January, and he's someone the manager has monitored for some time

"Stuart O'Keefe has been on my radar for a while and he's highly thought of by Neil Warnock but Neil hadn't had him in his 25 when they named their Premier League squad.

"He's an aggressive type of midfield player who gets around the pitch quickly. He's got good energy and I felt that we needed that type of player in the middle of the park to enhance what we already had there," he added. 

Both players are eligible to make their debuts against Rotherham United on Saturday.

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