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Herron On McDonald Factor

26 June 2015

Midfielder Delighted With Move

New Blackpool midfielder John Herron revealed a conversation with manager Neil McDonald was enough to convince him that Bloomfield Road was the perfect destination for him. 

The 21-year-old has spent his entire career with Celtic, but this week departed his comfort zone for Blackpool, where he is determined to kick-on with a career in England.

Officially unveiled as a Seasider on Wednesday, but the Scot insists there were no doubts in his mind after speaking with his new manager.

“Neil just sounded like a normal man,” said Herron. “Sometimes you get managers who are scripted in the way they speak, and in the way they come across, but he seemed so nice. 

“The deal was done more or less after I spoke with the manager and heard about the way he wants to play football at this club, the main thing is progression and that’s exactly what I want to do.”

Herron impressed enough as a youngster to earn a Scotland Under-21 call-up and that experience, coupled with 14 years spent at Celtic, will stand Herron in good stead he believes. 

He explained: “All experiences, especially playing for Scotland, can only make you a better player. 

“Any young footballer who wants to get to the top has to move to England. This gives me a good pedestal to stand on straight away and it’s an opportunity to play football.

“I’ve just turned 21 and I need to play games now. The manager is going to give me that chance and it’s up to me to stay in the team.”

Pre-season training begins on Monday and will give Herron a chance to meet his new teammates, and the midfielder can’t wait to get down to work. 

“I can’t wait to come and settle down. Obviously I’ve played with Clark Robertson so know him personally and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the boys as well,” he added. 

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