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McDonald Pleased To Add Norris

3 September 2015

Manager Reflects On New Addition

Neil McDonald says David Norris will be a 'brilliant' addition to his Blackpool squad, adding a wealth of experience.

The manager, who worked with the midfielder at Bolton, believes the capture of the former Ipswich Town and Portsmouth man will aid some of the younger players at the club. 

"He's going to bring lots of energy, certainly experience and he's a brilliant communicator," McDonald said. "He's a box-to-box player and a goalscorer as well, and he'll help bring the young players on because we have not an inexperienced team but a young team. He's played lots of games in his career at all levels."

The 34-year-old has been one of a number of players in talks with the club outside of the transfer window. Moves for a couple of defenders made prior to the 6pm deadline on Tuesday could also be revisited.
"We put two bids in for two players and unfortunately we were knocked back on that so we might revisit them when the window opens for loans. We tried to sign them on a permanent basis but we couldn't get it over the line because the clubs didn't want to do business at the time.

"We'll explore the loan window when that opens and we'll obviously try and nick a couple players who have held off and held off and haven't decided where to go. Hopefully we'll get another two across the line in the next week or so."

In the meantime, the manager has also confirmed that former Burnley and Huddersfield Town forward Martin Paterson is training with the club after leaving Orlando City in the MLS. 

"He's been training with us and we're having a look at him and he's having a look at us. He looks in good shape considering he hasn't played for quite a while so we'll see how that develops," he added.

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