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First Signing Completed
Thursday, 7th May 2015 13:26 by Editor

On the day that Manchester United complete their first deal of the summer spending £25-30 Million on Depay, it seems strange that we were once in the same league. Blackpool have announced their first deal and we've plunged in to the Evo Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division for our first deal. The price tag not quite in the millions - a pre-season game against his former club Blyth Spartans!

It would be glib and remiss to diss any new player coming in to Bloomfield Road after the dross that we've had in the last couple of years and so let's see what Jarrett Rivers can do in a Blackpool shirt. He is only 21 years old and was the Northern Premier League Young Player of the Year. He's scored 12 goals in 51 appearances and scored the stunner below against Hartlepool in the FA Cup.

The winger will join Blackpool on July 1st with Lee Clark quoted on the official site as saying ""I've had personal success in the past taking players from non league, having signed Lee Novak while at Huddersfield and Matt Green at Birmingham City. Jarrett's got a good football upbringing from his days as a youngster at Middlesbrough and he's an exciting player who makes and scores goals. He's been one of the outstanding players in a successful season for Blyth Spartans, starring in their FA Cup run and play-off push. His efforts this season have seen him rewarded with a Young Player of the Year award and a call-up to the England C team."

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Greeno8 added 13:34 - May 7
Took his goal well. Good luck to the lad.

steve_g added 13:40 - May 7
Agree with Green08 .. and at least he knows where the goal is and shoots at it unlike most of our squad last season!

BergenNorway added 16:32 - May 7
What if we are unable to field 11 players bye the time the friendly takes place? Will he return to Blyth Spartans for free?

Mr_Brightside added 18:02 - May 7
The problem with the Oyston's being in charge of this club is that every signing is seen as cynical, weakening and designed to get the club relegated! Anyone remember a certain Brett Ormerod or Gary Taylor-Fletcher - both of whom plied their trade in non-league before getting to the Premier League. I actually prefer a player who's been in the lower reaches, has no grand ideas about flashy cars and being pampered. Will this lad be any worse than John Lundstram who was apparently 'the next big thing'? I somehow doubt it. Good luck to him.

tangerinedom added 19:31 - May 7
Thoughts from the Blyth fans:

Definitely good enough for League One, but not on your dodgy pitch.

Very exciting player, tireless, runs at players in a way you don't often see in the modern game. Scores and makes goals and is always a good 'out' option. Small in stature and sad to say he might have to get a bit more cynical but he's tough and he'll get stronger with pro training. Give him time and he'll do well. Really great attitude and deserves his chance. Hope you have a decent season next year.


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