‘I did have other options’ – Blackpool man opens up about deadline day exit

Blackpool winger Owen Moffat has admitted he did have other options to leave over the summer.

Blackpool gave the youngster the green light to head out the exit door to get some more experience under his belt.

Moffat, 21, had clubs interested in him before eventually deciding on a switch to Dunfermline Athletic on deadline day.

He has told their club website“Towards the end of last season, I didn’t really get many minutes with the first team, many opportunities. I thought about Dunfermline, because of my friends here – Ewan Otoo and Ben Summers. Obviously, Ben signed later on, but Ewan was always telling me about how big the club was, how good it was, and since I’ve come in, I’ve loved it.”

He added: “I did have other options. I was in training with Hamilton for a week, and I’d played a game with them, but I knew there was a possibility of Dunfermline being interested.  It progressed on that Dunfermline wanted me to come in and train. I’d spoken to Hamilton and told them that.

“They were aware of that before I went there that Dunfermline were interested. Then I came here, trained, and as soon as I came here, I wanted to get it done because I loved it.  I really enjoyed it since the moment I stepped in. The boys have been really nice with me.”

Good chance for Blackpool man

His temporary move to Dunfermline is a great opportunity for Moffat to nail down a regular starting spot and get some valuable game time to help boost his development.

Blackpool will hope that he eventually returns to Bloomfield Road with more confidence from his time in the Scottish Championship.

The Tangerines landed him back in 2022 and he initially linked up with their development squad. He was handed a three-year deal, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months on top of that. However, they were relegated from the Championship in his first year.

Moffat is yet to make a competitive senior appearance for the Tangerines and remains down the pecking order under boss Neil Critchley, hence why he was allowed to depart last Friday.

He rose up through the academy at Celtic and was a regular for the Glasgow giants at various youth levels during his time there. The attacker played three times for their first-team and was a key player for the B team in the Lowland League before heading down to England.

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