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Bowyer: Vassell Hungry To Do Well

23 June 2016

Manager Relishing Opportunity To Work With Striker

Gary Bowyer says Kyle Vassell has a real desire to make his mark at Blackpool, and the manager is determined to help him do just.

The striker, one of three new players committing to the club last week, is aiming to realise his full potential in league football, having had a stop-start time at Peterborough United.

Peterborough, renowned for identifying talents in non-league, paid Bishop's Stortford, a club they had previously scouted Dwight Gayle playing on loan for, an undisclosed fee for his services in November 2013 and watched him score five goals in eight games after an initial period of transition.

That purple patch was halted due to a broken foot and with starting opportunities limited since, he spent last season on loan at Dagenham and Redbridge and Shrewsbury Town.       

"He burst on the scene at Peterborough and scored some goals in his first full season, then he got an injury and found himself out of the team. He brings some real pace and power to our front line and I'm looking forward to working with him. He's hungry and he's eager to do well, and that appeals to me," manager Gary Bowyer said.

His current playing CV highlights his determination to impress, with Vassell switching clubs regularly in non-league to make a quick impact and feature regularly. It was his 16 goals in 16 Conference South games that forced Peterborough to move swiftly for his signature.

"He's still a young lad now, he's only 23, and he was just desperate to do well. In non-league you could sometimes give seven days' notice and move clubs," Bowyer continued. 

"It shows his desire to play football, he's not just happy to sit on the bench, stay at a club and pick up a wage. He wants to be playing games and from speaking to him, it was apparent that he wants to settle down and have a right good go. 

"I've been impressed with him in the meetings that we've had - he came up early the day before he signed so that he could go house-hunting. That shows the commitment he's got to us already."


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