Blackpool have officially announced the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Jensen Weir on a season-long loan, beating Derby County, Portsmouth and Reading to his signature.
The 21-year-old spent all of the previous campaign on loan at Morecambe in League One where he impressed, bagging 11 times from midfield in 52 appearances in all competitions, although the Shrimps were eventually relegated to League Two.
Nonetheless, the Wigan Athletic academy product is set for a return to England’s third tier, joining Neil Critchley’s Blackpool until the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
Derby, Pompey and Reading were all reportedly interested in capturing the young midfielder, according to journalist Darren Witcoop, but the Tangerines have come out on top.
Speaking to club media at his announcement, Weir professed his delight with making the switch to Bloomfield Road, citing Critchley as an influential factor behind his decision:
“I’m ready to get going and can’t wait to get started.
“Having spoken to the Head Coach here I can tell we are aligned in how we like football to be played.
“I’m hoping I can perform and contribute to the team as much as possible this season, and we can have a successful campaign.”
Critchley shared his new signing’s sentiment:
“After a successful loan in League One last season with Morecambe, Jensen is someone who has been on our radar for a while.
“We feel he has excellent midfield attributes in and out of possession that will prove to be invaluable this season.”
Despite Morecambe’s overarching relegation, Weir had a tremendous individual season at the Mazuma Stadium, hitting double-figures for goals in what was only his second loan move.
This time around, the 21-year-old is joining a much-better side, capable of playing some excellent football and so it’s scary to think how much the Brighton man can improve on the coast.