Blackpool’s impressive summer business continued as they secured the signing of former Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson following his release from Wearside.
The 23-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Tangerines, a contract which also contains an option to extend by a further 12 months. He opted to join Blackpool ahead of stiff competition from Fleetwood Town, Portsmouth, Ipswich Town and Oxford United who were all linked with the midfielder.
Robson made 14 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring once, but he impressed in two loan spells, one north of the border with Dundee and another in League Two with Grimsby Town. His departure from the Stadium of Light came after a 16-year stay there, and his capture has certainly impressed manager Neil Critchley.
“I’m excited to welcome Ethan to Blackpool and I am really looking forward to working with him,” said the former Liverpool coach. “He’s a highly rated, athletic midfielder who I have been aware of for a number of years and watched him develop at Sunderland. I believe he will be a valuable asset to the team, and he fits the profile well of the type of player we want to bring to the club.”
Robson was also effusive in his praise for the club he’s joined, paying tribute to his former employers at the same time.
“I’m delighted to be joining Blackpool and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Sunderland, which is where I’ve grown up and developed over the years. But after speaking to Neil Critchley and hearing what he had to say about the team and where he wants to take it, I felt it was a journey I wanted to be a part of.
“Blackpool is on the up and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings here.”
Robson is the latest in a number of arrival at Bloomfield Road, including Keshi Anderson, Marvin Ekpiteta, CJ Hamilton, Oliver Sarkic and Jerry Yates. Whilst his arrival is news that has been well received by the Seasiders, it has not been quite as popular in the north east, as you’ll see below.
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Should never of let him go
— steven naunton (@SteveNaunton) August 6, 2020
Good luck Ethan, should have been given more of a chance at #safc I’m sure you’ll shine for the tangerines, just try not to score against us ?
— Steph Charlton (@Stephburt21) August 6, 2020
Good player you've got there Dave, struggle to get 20 games out of him a season. Made from play-doh
— Ian Tomlinson (@IanTom007) August 6, 2020
Good luck. Deserved more game time here.
— John Graham (@johngraham790) August 6, 2020
Good luck , never really given a fair craic at Safc in my opinion.
— Lee Barker (@LBarks72) August 6, 2020
Good luck with the tangerines @Ethan_robson8. Would loved to have seen you get more game time with the lads but just wasn’t to be. Hope you come back one day when you’re established and we’re back in the Prem! All the best!
— Phil King (@PhilKing1971) August 6, 2020
All the best, still think we should have been looking to build a team with the likes of Embleton, Mumba and Robson. One that could come back and bite us
— Carl Walsh (@Carl_Walsh33) August 6, 2020
Good luck @Ethan_robson8 personally I think you’re exactly the type of you player we’re missing! All the best
— Steve Potts (@SteveSpp373) August 6, 2020
Never got a shot here. Few people I know rate him at think he should have been getting in our team. Can’t say I’ve seen enough of him to have a real opinion tbh
— Marc Trimble (@Trimble89) August 6, 2020
So annoyed they've let you and others go?. Wish you all the best to have a great time at Blackpool??xxx
— Christine Fisher (@fisheechris) August 6, 2020