Blackpool midfielder Matty Virtue expressed his delight after penning a new contract with the Club.
The 23-year-old, who signed for the Seasiders in January 2019, has been a key player since his arrival at Bloomfield Road, scoring six goals in 45 appearances.
Reflecting on his new deal that will keep him at the club until 2022, the midfielder admitted he was pleased to sign new terms and is excited to return to action under Neil Critchley.
“I’m really happy to get it done. I had a chat with the gaffer about his intentions for me and the team. He wants me to be part of the team not only this season, but going forward and I’m very happy to be a part of what he’s bringing to the club,” Virtue said.
“I think the Head Coach will bring a lot of belief into my game. Every player thrives off belief and it’s a big pointer for me. He’s coached me before and knows what he needs to do to bring the best out of me and that’s why I’m so happy to get this done.
“The way he wants me to play and the fact that he can bring the best out of me was a massive factor in me staying here.”
Virtue, who is yet to feature for Blackpool in the league this season, is looking forward to returning to action after a long injury lay off.
“Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll be back training. It’s not how I expected the start of the season to go, but I’m just concentrating on being fit quickly and coming back stronger than ever before.
“It’s always an aim of mine to score goals. Hopefully when I’m back fit, I can get back on the pitch and try to contribute with goals and help the team that way.”