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Banks Ready For New Challenge

18 August 2015

Former Favourite Relishing Opportunity

Steve Banks is relishing his new role as Blackpool's goalkeeping coach and is determined to have a big impact.

The former Blackpool favourite, who made more than 180 appearances for the club, has now officially retired as a player following his move back south from Scotland.

The 43-year-old had been registered as a player while coaching goalkeepers at St Johnstone, Hearts and Dundee United, however his focus will now solely be on getting the best out of the keepers on Blackpool's books.

"I've decided to retire. I was lucky enough to get to 43 and I'm very happy with that. I've enjoyed my career but I'm now looking forward to a career in coaching," he told the official website.
Back in familiar surroundings, it hasn't taken Banks long to get accustomed to life at Bloomfield Road again.

"I'm very happy to be here and I'm looking forward to the challenge. Luckily enough I know a lot of people here, I know the area well, I know the manager and the keepers as well. It's happened quite nicely for me and I've settled in quickly."

Tonight he will be back on the pitch warming-up Kyle Letheren and Myles Boney ahead of the match against Burton Albion, while Colin Doyle hopes to be back in contention soon. 

"I saw a lot of Kyle and I know him as a lad so I know what to expect of him, he's a hard worker and he wants to learn. I know Colin from his years at Birmingham and he's a decent keeper at that level, and Myles is obviously a young boy coming through," he added.


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