Blackpool FC is pleased to announce the loan signing of Northern Ireland international Daniel Ballard from Arsenal.
Ballard, 21, is a highly rated prospect within the Gunners Academy. The defender has developed over a number of years to go on and captain their U23 side to the FA Youth Cup Final in 2018 before securing a first professional contract with the Club that summer.
A loan move to Swindon Town was cut short in 2019 due to injury, with Ballard now signing on with the Seasiders until January 2021.
On joining the Club, Daniel said:
“I’m over the moon to be here and really excited to get started.
“It’s a great opportunity to play for a Club like Blackpool, and I’m really determined to do well here. I will offer 100% and will be aggressive and play for the shirt.
“As a young player, it’s important you grasp every opportunity you are given, and I will be doing everything I can to help this team push on and be successful whilst I am here.”
Neil Critchley said:
“Daniel is a committed and powerful defender, and some one who will add a great deal to the squad.
“He’s gained a good football education at Arsenal’s Academy, going on to captain their U23 side. He has also risen through the ranks at youth level on the international stage with Northern Ireland to go on and gain full international caps.
“We look forward to working with him during his time with us.”