Brad Holmes First Interview

Brad Holmes took part in his first training session at Dunfermline today and having survived a blustery and wet baptism he told the website about his move north on loan to the end of the season from League One club, Blackpool:-

“I got told by my agent that there was some interest on Thursday night and as soon as I heard that I wanted to get the ball rolling. It came through confirmed on the Monday.

“I signed an extension on my three month loan at Southport and then I thought if I was getting game time I would stay there. I thought I would be signing an extension again at the end of January but as soon as this came about there was no other option.

“At Southport I was playing wide right but my main position is upfront, forward, striker that’s where I get all my goals – I play my best part of my game there.”

He made 17 starts for Southport in the National League North scoring four goals but the main factor that attracted Brad to Dunfermline was the opportunity of full time football and leaving under 23s football to make the move up to men’s football.

“It is a big step up now so I have just got to prove a point. I have not played a 23s game this season because I was out on loan but I think there is going to be a difference from 23s, to the National League and then to the Scottish Championship.”

Twenty one year old Brad follows fellow Blackpool player, Owen Moffat, on a loan deal to Dunfermline and the striker revealed that his team mate had talked nothing but positive things about the club.

“He said that I would get on really well with the lads which I have done so far and hopefully I can come in, score goals and do what I need to do.”

Manager James McPake has apparently had his eye on Brad since he first noticed him in a pre season friendly that Blackpool U21s played against Rangers B in August last year at the Rangers Training Centre, he added “it is nice getting approached and noticed by the gaffer for how I played.”

Brad believes that Scottish football is going to be “more rash and more physical” and there might not be as much time allowed on the ball.  “Hopefully I can make spaces on the park and runs in behind. I have seen a few highlights on YouTube and Twitter, it looks good and I’m ready to go.”

Despite being born, brought up in Blackpool and a Blackpool supporter the young Brad was first spotted by Bolton Wanderers and he came through their youth system. Blackpool snapped him up when he became available and loan periods followed in the 2021/22 season at Northern Premier League side FC United of Manchester, at National League North side Chorley from December 2021. Further loans followed to AFC Fylde at the start of the 2022/23 season and to Hyde United later that season.  This season he played at Southport in the National League North.

Wednesday was his first day training with his new club and Brad said he enjoyed it:-

“It was good getting to know the style of play. It seems a good environment to be around. I am looking forward to getting a striking role and of course there is always competition for any position anywhere you go. I have just got to show that I can do it and get the trust to go and play.

“Owen said that I’d really enjoy it here. He said that it’s a young squad. He has got into the rhythm of playing men’s football, the rhythm of being around the first team and starting for the first team.”

Brad’s preferred foot is his right but claims that he can use his left just as effectively.  He says he uses his head more to flick on the ball when it comes up to him but if the ball is there for him in the box he is not afraid to put his head there.  Brad has played five times for Blackpool in League One, one start and four sub appearances and after signing a 12 month extension to his contract made three appearances off the bench in the Championship in April 2023. After his spell in Scotland he hopes to return to Blackpool a better player:-

“It was a dream come true when I made my debut, I hope to go back and make an impact for them. It’s on the cards but football is a strange game, you don’t know where you are going to end up, who you are going to attract and who you are going to be in and around.”

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