Beesley: I'm Ready To Make The Step Up

New signing Jake Beesley is looking forward to challenging himself at a higher level, as the striker became the first signing of the January Transfer Window.

Beesley, 25, joined Blackpool on a three and a half year deal from League Two's Rochdale for an undisclosed fee after a highly impressive first half of the season where he grabbed 12 goals in all competitions. The striker is now looking to push on further in the Championship and admits Neil Critchley's track record of improving players was a big reason in his move.

"I'm delighted to be here and as soon as this move came up, I was desperate to come here," he said.

"It's been a good goal scoring season for me so far, and I feel like I'm ready to make the step up to the Championship and help the team in any way I can. I've worked under some great coaches so far in my career and have picked up loads of things. I think there's still lots more to come and that's why I've come here - to work under the gaffer here and improve as much as I can. I love playing and watching football, and I'm keen to learn and improve my game where I can.

"Players that have worked under the gaffer here have improved so much and have gone on and done really well. You only have to look at last season with Ellis Simms, who has now gone on and is playing Premier League football. It's things like that that you take into account when you're making career decisions, and that is certainly something that was at the forefront of my mind when I moved here to Blackpool."

When asked about his own game, Beesley described himself as an all-round striker who likes to score goals.

"I feel like I'm a bit of an all-rounder who likes to work hard throughout," he said.

"I like to press from the front, run-in behind and link-up the play wherever possible. I like to challenge aerially and enjoy scoring goals, which is always important for a forward.

"As a striker, you're always judged on your goals, but I think your own individual performance needs to be spot on so you can help the team. I'm looking forward to showing what I can do here and I can't wait to get started."

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