Goalkeeper Ready For Latest Blackpool Career Chapter
Dean Lyness is looking forward to getting his third spell as a Blackpool player underway after returning to the club yesterday.
The goalkeeper, who featured nine times during two loan moves to Bloomfield Road last season, was a deadline day addition to challenge Sam Slocombe for a place between the sticks.
His arrival ended a strange summer in which he found himself without a club, having been released by Burton Albion.
"It's the first time I've ever really been in that position, where I've not sort of known what's happening through the pre-season campaign. That's part of being a footballer, you find yourself in that position sometimes and you just have to keep your head down and believe that something's going to come up," the 25-year-old said.
"It's now my third spell at the club in less than a year, so it's good to get everything done and dusted and good to be back.
"I enjoyed being here last season when I was here and getting some games, though not ideal that the club found itself relegated come the end of that season. But that's gone now and we're just here to look forward to the rest of this season."
The competition for a place in the side is one that the goalkeeper relishes, knowing that he'll need to step up and impress when called upon.
"Being a goalkeeper you know that the manager picks a team and you have to be ready, whether you're in the team or not. I'll just do my best to be ready when required and take my opportunity when it comes."
Should he get the nod to start. Lyness is in the fortunate position of already having an understanding of the Tom Aldred and Clark Robertson partnership in front of him.
"They're two solid centre-halves and they know exactly what to do. It makes your goalkeeping duties a lot easier if you've got a defence in front of you like the club's got here as well," he added.