Blackpool have announced the arrival of attacker CJ Hamilton for an ‘undisclosed fee’ from League Two side Mansfield Town.
Neil Critchely’s side have been busy in the transfer market over the last few days, spending money on the likes of Jerry Yates, and they’ve now added additional pace to their forward line in capturing the former Sheffield United man. He left Bramall Lane without a league appearance to his name, but has thrived in the basement division.
The versatile forward enjoyed a fantastic season with the Stags in 2018/19, scoring fourteen goals in fifty-five appearances as they just missed out on automatic promotion. Last season was not so great for Hamilton, who found himself out of favour with John Dempster before the manager’s sacking.
His blistering pace and eye for goal led to speculation in January that he would be snapped up by a Championship club with Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion reported to have been interested with a potential fee of £750,000 rumoured. However, a move never materialised, and he stayed at Field Mill.
“We’re delighted to welcome CJ to Blackpool, who we feel will bring a real energy to the team,” said Critchley, who joined Blackpool earlier this year from Liverpool Under 23s.
“His speed is a tremendous asset in the attacking third of the pitch and he is extremely versatile. He is someone who I’m really looking forward to working with and developing further.”
Fans of both clubs have been quick to react, with wide acclaim for the signing, although some Stags fans do have reservations, as you’ll see below.
Can be Amazing in his day fast as lightning and will take on anyone
— Rhys ?? (@CJHSZNN) July 22, 2020
On his day the lad is unstoppable. He had an unbelievable spell at the end of 2018 beginning of 2019, if you can pluck that out of him you have got yourselves a gem. Look after him.
— Ben Mason (@88BenM) July 22, 2020
Love the transfer strategy so far from Critchley; recruit young, up and coming players now from the league below and then move onto more experienced League 1/Championship players next week when the Transfer Window for Championship clubs opens up.
— George (@_GeorgeGlass) July 22, 2020
Another one in! Loving this business done early malarky! Sadler not messing about! Hoping we bring in some additions behind the attack now in midfield, defence and another keeper
— Bfclee53 (@bfclee53) July 22, 2020
Take care of him, decent player needs to work on his end product though.
— Alfie? (@MTFCALFIE) July 22, 2020
He'll frustrate the hell out of you at times but be patient. On his day (and he will have a few of them) he'll win games for you on his own ??
— Lee Wilkinson (@LeeWilkinson14) July 22, 2020
This is like Football Manager. Unreal ? ? ?
— Truthful Seasider (@corner_martyn) July 22, 2020