Blackpool are bringing Mark Howard back to the club after signing him from Bolton Wanders on a free transfer as confirmed by the club website.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper’s first spell at Blackpool was back in the 2011/12 season. He was brought in as cover for Matt Gilks and Mark Halstead due to their injury problems but only made four appearances before being released and joining up with Sheffield United. While that spell didn’t go great for Howard, he has now got a chance to make it right with this move.

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Howard has signed a two-year contract with Blackpool where he will hope to establish himself as their number one. He comes from their Lancashire rivals Bolton where he made 33 appearances over two years. This is a drop down in a league for the goalkeeper but it could be what he needs to make sure he is in the thick of the action every week.

Following the completion of the signing, his new head coach Gary Bowyer said: “Mark is another fantastic signing for us. He’s a very experienced goalkeeper who has been successful at this level and he also knows the club and the area well.”

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“Though we had success in the loan market last season, it was important to have a permanent ‘keeper between the sticks moving forward and I’m delighted that Mark’s agreed to join us.”

Howard himself added: “I’ve been speaking to the manager for a few weeks now and spoke to many clubs as well, but after speaking to the manager I definitely wanted to come down and be part of what he’s trying to build here. It’s also important for me to get back playing, and that’s a big motivation in coming.”

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