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Striker finds a home at Blackpool

NEW DEAL: Nathan Delfouneso

MUCH TRAVELLED Nathan Delfouneso has endured a peripatetic career since leaving Aston Villa in 2014 but hopes winning promotion with Blackpool will be a step in the right direction towards playing at a higher level.

The 26-year-old used to ply his trade in the Premier League, but due to the itinerant nature of his career, with a number of disastrous sojourns, he was at a crossroads until Blackpool came calling.

Delfouneso, who is in his fourth spell at the club, revealed he has signed a permanent deal with the newly-promoted League One side which adds credence to the theory that he will be central to manager Gary Bowyer’s plans for next season.

“For me the club shouldn’t have been in League Two, it deserved to be at a higher level,” he said with candour. “It’s been well documented what the club has gone through lately and we owned the town something positive - so it’s a great feeling to win promotion. I always had faith that we would do it and we showed people what we’re made of. Hopefully we can take that positive mindset into next season.

“I’m permanent at the club now, this club means a lot to me and I have a special bond with the fans. I’m 26 and I need a bit of stability in my career. I may be a young man but I’m not a young player anymore. Hopefully things can kick on now and we’ll go from there.”

The continual ambivalence over Delfouneso's long-term future was far from ideal. He seeked solace from a coterie of loyal friends during difficult times and the way in which his career was petering out through a combination of injuries and short-term deals meant he faced an arduous task to return to the level we had seen during his wunderkind years at Aston Villa.

Delfouneso does not demur with the problems he has faced in trying to revive a flagging career, but he is working assiduously to put things right as he ostentatiously showed off his winners medal.

‘I’m happy with the contribution I’ve made with the club getting promoted and [winning promotion] always looks good on the CV,” he said. “Now it’s all about trying to progress forward and get back to the level I was before [at Aston Villa].

“Different things happen for different reasons and sometimes things are out of your control. I’ve had a lot of different managers, experienced a lot of things and been through stuff most people haven’t at this stage of their careers. But I feel like I’ve matured and it’s a great feeling having this medal around my neck. Hopefully this promotion with Blackpool is a step in the right direction for myself.”

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