Rangers loanee Jak Alnwick has admitted to the Gazette that he is relishing his fresh start on loan at Blackpool, having played every minute of league football so far this season for Simon Grayson’s side.
The former Newcastle United youngster made just six Scottish Premiership appearances in two-and-a-half years for the Gers having joined from Port Vale for £250,000 in January 2017, and he understandably didn’t fancy another year stuck on the sidelines.
And Alnwick’s decision to leave, at least on a short-term basis, has worked out pretty well so far with the shot-stopper starting every one of Blackpool’s 15 League One games this season. So far, he has conceded just 16 goals with five clean sheets to his name, although the Tangerines have won just one of their last six matches.
Alnwick cannot afford to get complacent however with the veteran Mark Howard, Blackpool’s number one last season, returning from injury and he will be desperate to fight off competition to retain his place between the sticks.
“Mark is obviously a brilliant keeper but I’ve played every league game and it’s down to me to keep the shirt. It’s been really good because I’ve played every minute in the league, which was my aim,” he said.
“I want to keep the number one jersey for as long as possible and help this team as much as I can.
“There have been games where I’ve had virtually nothing to do, which are the best games, but in some I’ve been really busy.”
There is still plenty of life yet in old dog Allan McGregor but with Wes Foderingham expected to bid farewell to Ibrox in 2020, it is too soon to suggest that Alnwick will never play for Rangers again.
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