Winger Returns To Blyth In Tangerine
Jarrett Rivers admits it was a surreal feeling lining up against Blyth Spartans on Tuesday evening, but loved every minute of his return to Croft Park.
The winger signed for Blackpool earlier in the summer from Spartans, and returned to his old stomping ground to help The Seasiders to a 2-0 friendly win over the non-league side.
Being handed the captain’s armband by manager Neil McDonald added further sentiment to the evening for Rivers, who had a strong family backing in the stands.
His 57th minute substitution prompted a warm reception from all corners of the stadium, capping a memorable evening for the 21-year-old.
“I nearly walked into the home dressing room when I arrived but it was good to see some old faces from last season,” said Rivers.
“It was a surprise (to get the armband) because I’m not one of the leaders in the dressing room, but it was obviously a special night for me so that’s why he did it.”
Victory made it two wins from two for Blackpool, who have mixed work on the training field with drills in the gym since returning, which is all part of the learning process for Rivers.
“I think I’ve done alright, but it’s the physical side I need to improve on. Obviously we’re doing a lot of weights which I’m not used to so I’ve got to improve in that department.
“I can see what I’m struggling with and what I’m adapting well to. I know I need to improve physically to step up.
“Overall, all the players have gelled really well. There’s a good team spirit in the dressing room so hopefully we can take that into League One,” he added.