Winger Focused On Development
Bright Osayi-Samuel says a determination to keep working hard on his development is paying off this season.
The winger, who came through the youth ranks at Bloomfield Road, made his 19th appearance this term against Hartlepool on Boxing Day and scored his first goal for the club against Stevenage earlier this month.
Overall, the Nigerian-born youngster has featured 51 times for Blackpool since making his debut at 17 and he's quick to acknowledge that he remains a work in progress.
"At the start of last season it was all new to me, stepping up from the youth team to the first team. It's a massive step up and I have to give credit to the players because they've really helped me," he told the official website.
"Richie and the gaffer have also given trust in me to keep playing. Richie I've known for a while now so he obviously knows my weaknesses and constantly in training he's always telling me to stay after and work on them to improve my game, which I think I'm doing."
Manager Gary Bowyer has backed him to improve his end product, whether that be with goals or assists, and the teenager hopes he can now produce the goods on a more regular basis.
"The players had been giving me stick that I hadn't scored in a while. I had so many opportunities last year that I don't know how it didn't go in, but for me to score finally was a big relief," he admitted.
"Ever since I've scored that goal I've been doing a lot of finishing because I want to keep scoring. Obviously when you get that first goal you just want to keep scoring and scoring and do what you can for the team.
"There are other players out there who want to play in your position, who want the shirt. The final third and having that end product is one of the hardest things for a young player, but if you want to make it that's what you need to do. I'm trying every time in training to get that goal and get that assist so that I can implicate it in my matches."
Part of the squad that travels to Grimsby Town this weekend, the New Year's Eve fixture is one that falls on a personal occasion.
"It's my birthday on that day so hopefully if I do play, or I do come on, I can hopefully get a goal again," he added.