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Boyce Ready For New Challenge

6 August 2015

Defender Discusses Move To Blackpool

Emmerson Boyce says he's excited by the challenge ahead at Blackpool after joining the club on a one-year deal.

The right-back became Neil McDonald's eleventh signing as manager last night, having spent the last ten days training with the squad.

The 35-year-old worked with the manager earlier in his career and is predicting good things for The Seasiders on the pitch.

"I know the manager from my Palace days and he said to come and enjoy the challenge. It's going to be a good season for us, we've got a young team and exciting times ahead," he told the official website.

Having amassed more than 500 appearances in his career to date, Boyce's experience will prove valuable for the younger players on the club's books.

"I started off at Luton very young and in these sorts of leagues so I'll talk to them quite a lot, they're eager to learn and they want to show everybody how good they are."

One youngster who did well previously at Blackpool was Boyce's cousin, Matt Phillips. He was one of a few people the defender spoke to about the move.   

"I spoke to him and he said I was following in his footsteps, he said good things about the club and he said football-wise to go out and play and enjoy it. My family is based in the north west so that was one of the key factors in me staying up here. I also spoke to Forbesy (Adrian Forbes) as well."

The Barbados international links-up with Blackpool after a largely successful nine years at Wigan Athletic, where he captained the club to FA Cup victory in 2013. 

"I had a great time at Wigan, a major part of my career was obviously at Wigan and I won a couple of things there. This is a fresh start and I want to enjoy my football."

Attentions now turn to the opening game of the season at Colchester United on Saturday, with Boyce determined to impress.

"I've got a few days to prove to the manager that I'm available for selection and he can pick me. He chooses the team and I've got to fight the same as everyone else to be part of that starting eleven," he added.



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