Gary Bowyer says Mark Cullen’s return to the Blackpool squad is a timely and ‘fantastic boost’ for the final six matches of the season.
The striker, who ended a seven-month injury lay-off by featuring in the closing stages of Monday’s game at Oldham, is expected to be part of the squad again for tomorrow’s game against Bradford City.
With Kyle Vassell the only player to hit double figures for goals the season, the availability of Pool’s joint-top scorer from the promotion campaign is most welcome indeed.
“The timing of his return is a fantastic boost for everybody. He was absolutely buzzing to be on the pitch again,” Bowyer said. “It’s about getting more and more minutes in to him now. I thought he looked quite sharp when he came on against Oldham.”
Given the length of time that the 25-year-old has been out of action, further cameos off the bench are to be expected this week.
“Realistically he knows himself that he’s not in a position where he can start the game, so it’s a case of building it up gradually for him and being sensible at the same time,” the manager confirmed.
The match tomorrow will be the first of three consecutive ones at home, with ex-Pool boss Simon Grayson bringing his Bradford City side to Bloomfield Road.
“It’s the start of a very good week for us, an exciting week with three home games. They’ve all got a little bit of edge in different ways, starting with Bradford and the return of the legend Simon Grayson.
“At this club, what he did as a player and certainly as a manager, you certainly have to take your hat off to him. I hope he gets a great reception from the supporters because he deserves it," Bowyer added.