Defender Having An Influence At Blackpool
Emmerson Boyce believes his vast experience in the game can have a positive impact at Blackpool, as they prepare to enter the business part of the season.
The 36-year-old has been used sporadically since the arrival of Hayden White, but did feature in recent Gillingham and Shrewsbury Town fixtures.
A calming influence in the camp, Boyce is competing for the right-back slot, while also providing crucial advice to Neil McDonald’s young squad.
“It’s my role in the team, if I’m not playing to give advice if I can,” he explained. “My part is to give my experience to calm the players down, especially at this pressure time.
“We’re coming towards the back-end and it’s where it all counts. Obviously we don’t want to be in the bottom four and at the moment we’ve got enough points to keep ourselves out of it.
“I like being around the boys, some of the jokes they say now are the same ones I was sharing ten, 15 years ago, I’ve been through quite a bit in my career.”
The former Wigan Athletic man has turned out 21 times for The Seasiders so far this season, but sat out of Tuesday’s draw with Oldham Athletic.
Now he’s seeing facets of his early game in White, and Boyce, who has more than 600 career appearances to his name, is as hungry as ever to regain the shirt.
“When you’re younger you’re frustrated. I’m still frustrated now, but I’ve got more of an understanding that it’s a squad game this day and age.
“The games are coming thick and fast, and although I don’t want to admit, I’m not as young as I used to be. Hayden’s pushing me all the way, I’ve got a good battle with him and he has huge potential.
“When we change the team around, as a senior player, I can’t show my frustration but support the players and when I get on the pitch show my ability,” he added.