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Grétarsson: Excited To Be Here

7 October 2020

Blackpool’s new signing Daníel Grétarsson expressed his excitement after joining the Club on a permanent deal from Norwegian side Aalesunds FK.

The 25-year-old, who joins on a two-year deal subject to international clearance, becomes Neil Critchley’s 14th addition of the summer. Grétarsson becomes part of a new-look Blackpool squad ahead of the 20/21 season, with Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard also joining on loan recently.

The defender, who can also operate as a left-back, brings international experience to Bloomfield Road, after making his senior debut for Iceland against Canada in January. Grétarsson started his footballing career at Icelandic outfit Grindavík, before making over 50 appearances for Aalesunds FK in a five-year spell with the Norwegian club.

On signing for the Seasiders, Grétarsson admitted he was delighted to join Blackpool.

“It feels great, I’m really happy to be here. I’m really excited for the coming weeks and to play for this wonderful Club.

“The stadium is really nice, it’s a nice culture here and people love football. That’s what I thrive for, so hopefully I can make some of them happy,” Grétarsson continued.

“The Head Coach welcomed me to the club, talked about the next couple of weeks and what he expects from me. I’m just excited to play for Blackpool and hopefully I can impress on the pitch.”

The defender also spoke about watching Blackpool when they were in the Premier League, admitting he is excited to get playing in front of the Tangerine faithful.

“I know that we were in the Premier League a few years ago and I watched the Club a lot during that time,” he said.

“I liked the playing style, so I’ve been watching how Blackpool have been doing ever since. Hopefully, I can help this team push towards their ambitions this season and beyond.

“The stadium is really nice, it’s a nice culture here and people love football. That’s what I thrive for, so hopefully I can make some of them happy.

Grétarsson also reflected on making his senior debut for Iceland in January, admitting he is hungry to achieve more on the international stage and impress in England.

“It filled me with pride playing for Iceland, I think that’s what every player aspires to achieve in their career. Hopefully, I can play in front of them again soon.

“I know England is one of the biggest footballing countries in the world, the standard is very high. Iceland are a big footballing country too and they watch English football a lot, so I’m just really happy to be here now and develop as a footballer and person at this special football club.”


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