Blackpool Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of highly talented defender Marvin Ekpiteta on a two-year-contract, with the Club having an Option to extend the deal by a further year.
The 24-year-old centre-back joins the Seasiders from Leyton Orient, where he made more than 70 appearances and was instrumental in the Club’s promotion to League Two in 2019. He was also rewarded for his consistent performances that season by winning Leyton Orient’s Young Player of the Year Award.
A commanding defender, standing at six-foot-four, Ekpiteta started his career at Oxford United and has represented both Nigeria and England at Under-20 and C level, respectively.
On signing for Blackpool, Ekpiteta said:
“I’m so happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’ve spoken to Neil and the Club is oozing positivity at the moment, so I feel this is a perfect opportunity to show what I can do.
“I love to defend and am also confident to play with the ball at my feet when the time is right, so I feel I have a lot to offer to Blackpool.”
Neil Critchley said:
“Marvin is an exciting young defender with bags of potential, and we’re thrilled to have him here.
“He’s a player who has progressed from non-league and has impressed everywhere he has been, and this is the next step in his career.
“He’s an athletic defender, who will be a wonderful asset to the squad going forward.”