John Lundstram signs for Blackpool

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Blackpool have completed the season-long loan signing of Everton youngster John Lundstram.

This makes him Seasiders' 18th player available for the season-opener against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Step down

Lundstram has taken the step down to the Championship after Everton boss Roberto Martinez said he wanted the player to gain some more vital first-team experience after successful loan spells at Yeovil and Leyton Orient last season.

Lundstram was involved in Everton's pre-season fixtures.

Blackpool help develop players

Blackpool has always been a good stepping stone for young players who want to further their career; for example, Lundstram's Everton teammate Seamus Coleman, a young Joe Hart in 2007 and Barry Bannan, who broke into the Aston Villa squad after a loan spell by the Seaside.

Lundstram told Tangerine TV he is "looking forward to the challenge of playing for a Championship club and is really excited to get started."

Lundstram also went on to say that he will be the "playmaker and hope to chip in with a few goals".

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Blackpool boss Jose Riga cannot relax for a moment as he still needs to keep adding to his squad to make sure he has strength and depth into a team which was depleted when he took over.

Riga will also hope to finally complete the signing of striker Ishmael Miller today, who fired in 10 goals for Yeovil last season.

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