SkyBet League One club Blackpool have sealed the signing of Barrow left back Nick Anderton for an undisclosed fee.
The former Preston North End defender completed a medical at the Bloomfield Road club last week, as the two clubs continued to negotiate a fee.
After rejecting an initial bid, Barrow finally accepted a new offer from the Tangerines and Anderton follows former Bluebirds team mate Jordan Williams into the Football League.
Anderton joined Barrow on loan in December 2014, but a leg break cut short his initial stay with the Cumbrian club.
He returned, again on loan, in November 2015, before making the move permanent at the end of the 2015/16 season.
In total Anderton has made 53 appearances for Paul Cox’s side, scoring one goal.
And his former boss was very proud to see the twenty one year old make the step back into the Football League.
Speaking to the North West Evening Mail Cox said “The club has been patient and made sure that the deal is right, not just for the football club, but for Nick as well.
“I have an understanding that this is what the game is like, especially at this level. Nick has come in and he has been absolutely superb. He has improved not just as a footballer, but in his mental capacity towards the game, so much in the last 12 months it has been frightening.
“I’m very proud that we have had a massive say in this stage of his education.
“He had a lot of the basics there, but I think with Nick he just needed rubbing down and rebuilding in certain parts to realise his potential.
“I still think this kid will have a fantastic career in the Football League.”
Anderton becomes Blackpool’s fifth signing of the summer as they prepare for their League One campaign.
The defender admitted that he was “buzzing” to get the move completed.
Speaking to the club’s official website he said “I’m really looking forward to it,” Anderton told the official website. “It’s been a couple of weeks in the pipeline and I’m buzzing to finally have it sorted and sign.
“The Conference is a tough division and I’ve learnt a lot and played a lot of games in a competitive league, and that’s the best way to improve.
“Having to drop down and find my feet, I think I’ve learnt the hard way and I appreciate the chance I’ve got to come back up in the league.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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