Tangerines confirm Lewis, Zoko and Delfonueso arrivals
Blackpool have announced that Joe Lewis has joined the club in a one season-loan. Following Riga's arrival and Gilks departure in the close-season, a move for a goalkeeper was always in the cards. With Elliot Parish, who joined the club in January from Crystal Palace as the only recognized goalkeeper in the team, Lewis has been brought to fight Parish for the #1 jersey.
However, Lewis was not the only transfer that Blackpool announced today, with Francois Zoko arriving on a free transfer. Further movement from Riga is expected for the front line, as The Daily Star exclusively stated that former Villa striker, Nathan Delfonueso, could join Riga's squad, pending on personal terms and a medical.
Francois Zoko scored a total of 10 goals last season for Stevenage, in 33 appearances.
Blackpool fans will probably be unhappy at the fact that Delfonueso had a failed loan spell at the club, last season, making over 15 appearances and having no return for goals. Riga however, strongly believes that Delfonueso can turn the page around and feel like at home at Blackpool.
Riga said,"All of these signings will add depth to our squad no matter what. I know that Nathan [Delfonueso] has played here before so it can become a lot easier than the last time he was here. With the scouting pool, we've found great players like Francois Zoko and a very good goalkeeper in Joe [Lewis]. Many fans state that we are getting the 2nd goalkeeper from Cardiff, but to get there is tough and every goalkeeper starts as a #2 and it definitely helps them look from outside the field, rather than thrown into the lions pit."
Nathan Delfonueso can complete a free transfer to Blackpool as early as Thursday.