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Philliskirk: Peak Years Ahead

3 February 2016

Striker Looks To Show Best Form At Blackpool

Danny Philliskirk believes he will hit peak form playing for Blackpool and is determined to hit double figures for goals this season.

The striker, who joined the club for an undisclosed fee from Oldham Athletic last month, is contracted at Bloomfield Road for the next two-and-half-years, which could be extended for a further 12 months.

“I’m still only 24 so I think I’ve got a few years at peak level ahead of me, especially with that bit of experience now," he said. “The manager took a chance on me, he wanted me and now I’ve got to repay that respect he’s given me.

“Hopefully I can score goals and pay him back in that way. As long as the team is winning and we’re playing well, that’s all I’m bothered about."

Philliskirk had scored seven goals this season prior to his switch from Boundary Park and is now on nine for the campaign, having scored against Scunthorpe United and Walsall.

“I’d like to get double figures, definitely," he admitted. "Another six or seven goals in the games remaining I’d be quite happy with. I’ll just concentrate on working hard for the team game-by-game and see where it takes me."

This weekend he returns to Oldham for the first time since leaving the club and he remains thankful for the opportunities he had there. He made 124 appearances for The Latics following stints with Chelsea, Sheffield United and Coventry City.  

“I wasn’t struggling but I was getting very frustrated not playing games before I went to Oldham. I always knew that I was good enough to play, it was just a case of someone taking that chance on me. In the last couple of years I’ve developed and I’ve always had a strong mentality to work hard when things are going against me.

“I tend to base my game on hard work, I know that technically I’m quite good with the ball at my feet, but I feel that things will fall to me if I give 100 per cent and get in the right areas.”

Blackpool go into the fixture on the back of a four-game unbeaten run in the league, with Philliskirk knowing full well the difference a prolonged period of form can make to the table. 

"We want to keep our performance levels up and climb up that table. Two or three wins can get you right up there, so hopefully we can get away from the pack at the bottom and start looking forward," he added.

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