Joe Lewis ends Blackpool's search for a goalkeeper

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It has been a long summer for the Seasiders and it has been a painful one for everyone associated with the club, but it looks like things might be straightening itself out with their opening Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest now 

The club has become a national laughing stock after cancelling their pre-season tour with only eight players registered just a week from Jose Riga's first game in charge.

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FInally signs of recovery

However, players seem to be finally committing to playing their trade at Bloomfield Road after weeks of stand off negotiations, but with no senior goalkeeper on the books after losing Matt Gilks, Tony Warner, Mark Halstead and Chris Kettings Tangerines fans started to worry (just one of their many headaches) that they would not have a goalkeeper to travel to the City Ground on Saturday.

Blackpool fans finally have something to cheer about though, as Joe Lewis has signed for the Seasiders on a season-long loan from Championship rivals Cardiff City.

The former England under-21 international told the club's official website: " I needed to go out and play games. Fortunately, I have ended up at a club like Blackpool to play in the Championship."

Lewis throws Blackpool a lifeline

Joe also stated that his career has slowed down since being at Cardiff, especially since he has been a regular number one at all his previous clubs.

He may have some competition for the number one jersey in the next few days with Blackpool still in advanced talks with Elliot Parish but for now he is the only keeper.

So for now he and goalkeeping coach Paul Critchon will have to rekindle their old friendship as they will be the only ones training together. 

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