Broadfoot commits to Blackpool

Kirk Broadfoot says Blackpool’s signing of Gary MacKenzie on a

permanent deal played a factor in his own decision to stay at

Bloomfield Road.

Former Rangers defender Broadfoot has ended doubts about his

future by signing a new one-year contract, with the option of a

further 12 months.

Barnsley and Ipswich Town had both been linked with bids for the

28-year-old, but Broadfoot finalised his new deal with Blackpool

just hours after MacKenzie joined from MK Dons after a spell on

loan last season.

“Gary coming was a big factor to myself because we became so

close over the last few months,” Broadfoot told the club’s official

website. “That maybe persuaded me a little bit.”

Broadfoot made 34 appearances for Blackpool last season and he

did not want to rush into a decision on his future following a year

in England.

He added: “I obviously signed for a year (at first) just to see

how it was and I loved it at Blackpool, the boys I get on great

with and everybody about the club.

“I took my time to make my decision because I didn’t want to

rush into anything. I contemplated staying up the road for family

reasons but when you think about it, why not come back to the

Championship because it’s an exciting league.”