Cathcart relishing fresh start

17 August 2010 03:30
Craig Cathcart admits he had to quit Manchester United for the sake of his career. Cathcart gave up the battle for Old Trafford recognition last week to sign on for what was expected to be a season of struggle at Blackpool. Yet no matter what happens to the Bloomfield Road outfit over the next nine months, no-one will be able to take away the memory of Saturday's shock 4-0 win at Wigan which briefly sent the Seasiders top of the Premier League. Manager Ian Holloway had enough faith in Cathcart to hand the Northern Ireland Under-21 international a starting spot at the DW Stadium. And that is exactly what the central defender was looking for when he went to Sir Alex Ferguson last week and confirmed he was leaving. "This is a fresh start," he said. "I didn't want to sit about just playing in the reserves and the odd Carling Cup game. I am 21. It is a vital stage of my career and I need to be out playing. "The manager understood that. The new 25-man squad system was causing a problem as well, so I jumped at the chance of playing in the Premier League."

Source: PA