Blackpool announced the signing of midfielder Albie Morgan today on a three-year deal, as reported on the club’s official website.
The dynamic midfielder is Neil Critchley’s first signing since returning to the club after their relegation from the Championship last season, and he will officially complete his move to the Seasiders once his contract with Charlton Athletic expires at the end of the month.
Who Is Albie Morgan?
Morgan has spent his whole career at Charlton and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2018. He spent some time away from the Valley on a loan deal to Ebbsfleet United in 2019, where he made just five appearances, scoring a singular goal.
Following his promotion to the first-team squad, he made his debut for Charlton in the EFL Cup against AFC Wimbledon. Morgan played the full 90 minutes, and his performance gave him a platform to keep challenging for a spot in the Charlton first team, which was definitely an opportunity he took.
He played 114 times for Charlton, including 35 appearances last season in League One with Charlton finishing 10th ahead of Lincoln City. Last season saw the midfielder at his most prolific so far in his career, scoring 5 goals in all competitions.
What Has Been Said?
After completing the deal, Albie Morgan told Blackpool’s official website:
“I’m delighted to be here and looking forward to the fresh start and new chapter in my career.
“It’s been something that’s been rumbling on for a few weeks and once I’d spoken to the likes of Charlie Kirk, who has played here before and had nothing but good things to say, I knew I wanted to be here.
“Hopefully I can hit the ground running quickly and contribute as much as possible as we look to have a successful season.”
Head coach, Critchley was just as pleased to get the deal over the line and told the official website:
“I’m pleased to welcome Albie to Blackpool, and am looking forward to working with him.
“Albie is now at the stage in his career where he is looking to push on and showcase his ability further, which is something we will look to help him with. At 23, he’s at a good age and he will help us play the football we want to play.
“I look forward to welcoming him into the group as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
This is a really good start to Blackpool’s summer transfer business. They needed a midfielder, and it appears Critchley has got his man. Morgan has shown he is capable of playing League One football with Charlton over the years, and at just 23 years old, he could certainly become a Championship standard player in the next few years.