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McDonald Backs Cullen To Succeed

2 July 2015

Manager Discusses Latest Signing

Neil McDonald has backed striker Mark Cullen to shine for Blackpool and score the goals he's capable of.

The new arrival, who signed from Luton Town for an initial fee of £180,000 earlier this week, hit 14 goals for his former club last season and is aiming to make a successful transition to League One. 

"I'm very confident he'll score goals, he's scored goals over the last two seasons," the manager said. "I watched him a couple of times last season myself when I was at West Ham and I've spoken in-depth with John Still, who didn't really want to lose him.

"He's a bubbly character and he's taken to the group well. The lad can score goals, he's an inter-link player who can go in behind and has said he will even play wide if he needs to. We want him to score goals and he's already come in and said, without putting pressure on him, that he'd love to score 10 goals before Christmas and 10 goals after. We'll set a higher target for him than that, I'm sure."

Cullen is one of seven new faces at Bloomfield Road, and McDonald is pleased with how his players have settled in to pre-season training. 

"I've been impressed by them in the first three days we've had so far. The application has been really good and the integration of the new lads, along with the lads here before, has been really good. The staff here and that I've brought in have gelled really well as well."

Talks continue with a number of other players about joining the club for the new season, with the manager keen to get the right recruits.

"We've been fortunate so far to bring six in, and that sets the basis up of trying to recruit another five or six at least. We'll then be more selective towards the end by taking a couple, as well as getting a couple of loans here and there to top the group up."

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Nile Ranger will report back for training with the club on 15 July.

"Nile's agreed to return to the club in a couple of weeks, he's doing a bit of pre-season himself and I'm very comfortable with that. For the moment we'll concentrate on the ones that are here," McDonald added.



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