Former Charlton striker Ricardo Fuller has signed a one-year contract at Blackpool with the option of an additional year.
Capped 73 times for Jamaica, Fuller arrives at Bloomfield Road with experience at the highest level, in addition to still possessing much of the quality and flair that made him a cult hero at Stoke City.
Upon sealing the deal, Blackpool boss Paul Ince spoke fondly of his new front man to the club’s official website, believing him to be exactly what The Tangerines were missing.
Ince said: "With Ricardo, two years ago he was playing 30-odd games for Stoke in the Premiership and I think since I’ve been here we’ve not had that big, strong tough man, who can hold the ball and bully centre-halves.
“I actually think, looking at the Championship, it’s starting to get more physical than it was the past couple of years and you need a physical presence and we’ve got that in abundance, but I always felt we needed someone like Ricardo.”
The 33-year-old, who scored five goals in 31 games for the Addicks last season, spent much of pre-season training with his former club and publicly stated his desire to re-join the South East London outfit.
Charlton manager Chris Powell rated his chances of re-signing the forward as ’50-50’ a fortnight ago, but admitted last week it had ‘all gone a bit quiet on that front’ after not speaking to Fuller for a number of days.
And Ince believes Charlton’s boardroom confusion led to the club missing out on their former player, with the Tangerines taking advantage.
“Speaking to Chris Powell, they wanted to sign him but they are waiting for a takeover to take place so he was disappointed to lose him, but it’s a chance for him to come in and show what he can do,” added Ince.
For Fuller, it’s all about looking ahead to life as a Blackpool player, and doing as much damage as possible in the club's quest for promotion.
“My first club in Jamaica, Tivoli Gardens, wore a very similar colour – orange and black – so it’s bright and I like it. I’m looking forward to putting on the shirt and doing the best I can,” said the striker.
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