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Black: Play To Win

23 February 2017

Midfielder Brings Extra Determination

New arrival Ian Black will be giving nothing but 100 per cent in his efforts to be successful with Blackpool. 

The midfielder, a proven winner with Hearts and Rangers in Scotland, is relishing the battle out on the pitch for the club. 

"When you play football you play to win, I was brought up with the mentality of when you cross the line you make sure that you're better than your opponent, and you come off with nothing else than a win," the 31-year-old said. 

Although his last game came for Shrewsbury on 30 December, Black is more than willing to step in for a potential debut at Exeter City this weekend should his qualities be required. 

"I'll always say I'm ready, I'll never say never," he admitted. "I want to play every game, but that's up to the manager. I've only had a few days (training) so preferably I need a few more, but if selected and they want me to play then I'll give 100 per cent. 

"There's 15 games and I'd love to play all 15 of them, maybe more if we get to the play-offs. As soon as the gaffer selects me, I'll make sure I'm ready to go."

Black's transition to life at Bloomfield Road has been made easier by knowing the likes of Andy Taylor, Jim McAlister, Kyle Vassell and Neil Danns, with the overall standard of the squad impressing.    

"I knew four or five boys before coming in so that makes it easier. It's a great squad, I came here to achieve things and it's the same drive right through," he added.


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