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Blackpool youngster makes admission on Tranmere Rovers loan move 



Rob Apter, a Blackpool teenager, is determined to break into Neil Critchley’s starting XI. The 21-year-old will return to Bloomfield Road for pre-season following a fantastic loan season with Tranmere Rovers, where he scored 13 goals and assisted six times.

Apter’s performances at Prenton Park earned him League Two Young Player of the Season honors, as well as a contract extension with the Seasiders until 2027, with a 12-month option.

In the last couple of weeks, the midfielder has spent time with Scotland U21s, appearing in friendlies against Turkey and Austria.

He told the Scottish FA’s website that his time with Tranmere has given him the confidence he needs to make more progress with Blackpool.

“It was a good experience for me, I’ve learned a lot,” he stated.

“This season has been incredibly fantastic for me just to play as many games as I have and I think I’ve done well.

The prizes I’ve received have given me some confidence, and obtaining this call-up has given me much more.

“When I got told I was nominated for that award (League Two Young Player of the Season), I didn’t think it was as big a thing as it was but I then went to the EFL awards in London with my mum and dad and when we walked in we thought ‘this is big.’

“I was delighted to win and I had to go on stage to receive the award but thankfully they were just asking me questions which was easier than a speech.

“This has been my finest goal-scoring season yet; I’ve been working hard to get my shots on target. I certainly haven’t scored as many goals as I used to in recent years, but this season I’ve started to score, which has given me more confidence.

“I’m back at Blackpool for pre-season and hopefully I can try to get in the team and stake my claim.”

Apter has been at Blackpool since 2019, and has made five senior appearances for the club. Prior to his loan spell with Tranmere, he had also spent time with Bamber Bridge, Chester and Scunthorpe United.

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