Transfer News: Sonny at the Seaside

Last week, Sonny Carey signed for Blackpool from King’s Lynn, following the ongoing rumours over the last few weeks as per my recent piece highlighting that it might be in the pipeline. The Seasiders saw off competition from the likes of Luton, Bournemouth and Swansea to secure a deal with the attacking midfielder.

Approach
It’s not the first time Blackpool have secured a non-league target as Pool fans will know well with other past additions of Ben Garrity and Curtis Tilt, who joined from Warrington Town and Wrexham respectively.

Background
Sonny played for Norwich‘s youth setup, before moving to Wroxham FC and then King’s Lynn where Blackpool were able to swoop in for him after an impressive season in the National League. Sonny showed real character to bounce back from his release at Norwich, to earn himself a move higher up the football pyramid back to the Championship. His main position is either attacking midfield or central midfield, but he can also operate as a right winger. He has featured 41 times for Kings Lynn, scoring five goals in the league, and a winner in the FA Cup vs League Two Port Vale.

Young Talent
Although the deal was undisclosed, rumours are that the fee was around £100k with additions/sell on clauses. There were similar deals floating around for him from the likes of Luton but they were rejected, as Sonny opted for sunny Blackpool! Neil Critchley was determined to be a driving factor, given his record with developing young players – something Olly Casey also cited in his chat with us on our recent podcast.

Fine Strike from the young Midfielder.

Another fine strike here.

Summary
Sonny will continue his development with Blackpool, but I must admit I doubt that he will feature too much in the Championship campaign. Clearly a talent, the 20-year-old needs to be managed carefully and slowly drip-fed into a strong Blackpool team that will be raring at the challenge of the Championship has to offer. He’ll get an opportunity in preseason and if he impresses then perhaps he’ll get a chance to show what he can do as we look to step up in the second tier this season.

Copyright image: Twitter @Sonny Carey_10

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Published by Dan Hopwood

Life long Blackpool fan, thanks to my older brother for dragging me to Bloomfield Road in days of Colin Hendry! Currently a seaside exile living in London.

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