The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By TLP Re­porter

EL­LIOT Grandin was so des­per­ate to link back up with Black­pool that the mid­fielder took the mat­ter into his own hands by ring­ing up care­taker boss Barry Fer­gu­son.

And now back in a tan­ger­ine shirt af­ter sign­ing an in­cen­tive-based deal, the French­man be­lieves he can re­cap­ture his best form at Bloom­field Road.

Crys­tal Palace’s de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate his con­tract last week marked an­other step in a whirl­wind four years for the 26-year-old since ar­riv­ing in Eng­land.

Ini­tially im­press­ing in the Premier League with Black­pool, he fell out of sorts af­ter their rel­e­ga­tion and was close to en­gi­neer­ing a per­ma­nent deal back to France with Nice.

For­mer man­ager Paul Ince crit­i­cised the mer­cu­rial Grandin for not “train­ing the right way” last year but it did not stop him find­ing his way back into the Premier League at Sel­hurst Park last sum­mer.

But any hopes that he would be back to his best quickly fiz­zled out as he failed to make a sin­gle league ap­pear­ance and played just one Cap­i­tal One Cup match at Bris­tol last Au­gust for his new side.

But Grandin in­sists that he can put his dis­ap­point­ments be­hind him.

“I am set­tled now,” he said. “I have a wife and a baby so I feel good in my life at the mo­ment.

“To come back to Black­pool is great for me. I just want to train, play and en­joy my foot­ball. I’m very pleased to be back.

“I spoke to the man­ager and he came back to me. It was very quick. I know him very well and I think he knows me well too.

“I have a good re­la­tion­ship with him and will give my best on the pitch for him.

“I re­leased my con­tract with Crys­tal Palace last week and when I knew Fergie was tak­ing charge here I thought I’d love to come back.

“I’ve worked very hard this week as I wanted to come back. The team need me and I need the team so I’m very happy.”

CALL: El­liot Grandin

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