Date: 5th July 2007 at 4:02pm
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N/A – John Hills

DoB – 21-04-1978

Height – 5.08

Weight – 10.08

Place of Birth – Blackpool

Nationality – English

Previous Clubs – Blackpool, Everton, Swansea, Blackpool, Gillingham, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool

Joined Blackpool – 05-07-2007

Fee – N/A

The versatile left-sided player started his career with Blackpool back in 1994, however the home-town player made the switch to Everton at the age of 17 to ply his trade in the Premiership.

First team places were limited so he was shipped out to Swansea City to gain first team experience. When he returned to the Merseyside club, he made his full debut in a defeat to Chelsea.

In 1998 he started his Blackpool career, returning on loan for a month before then manager Nigel Worthington made the move permanent paying £60,000 for the player – thus making a £30,000 profit from the fee Everton paid back in 1995.

He was an inspirational part of the side which gained promotion back to the old Second Division (now League One of course) in 2001, forming a strong partnership with Tommy Jaszczun on the left hand side – not forgetting when he was paired with Paul Simpson on the left hand side also.

In 2003 he turned down a new contract at Bloomfield Road and Steve McMahon left Hills out of the match squad on a regular basis before Hills eventually left for Gillingham – who were in the old Division One at the time.

He was taken from Gillingham to Sheffield Wednesday by Paul Sturrock when his contract expired but, unfortunately for the Yorkshire club, his time with them was plagued by injury problems which ultimately led to his release by current manager Brian Laws.

Speculation had run wild about Hills returning all season and he has now become a Blackpool player for the third time and gone through his first training session with the current crop of players.

Many fans believe it is a step back taking Hills on at this stage of his career – and that signing former players is a bad move in general – however Hills is to provide some well-needed cover for the left hand side which has been a troublesome spot for Simon Grayson in his time in charge.


7 Replies to “John Hills”

  • Was signing Peter Clarke a backward step when he joined permanently? Was signing Dave Bamber a backward step when he rejoined us? In both cases the answer is an empthatic NO! You have to treat each case on its own merits! Mind you at this stage in his career Hillsy should be thankful we are prepared to take him back!

  • Come on Sandy; it’s a backward step, and you know it! Although he’s a good squad player, which if that were all he were to be, I’d welcome.

  • I was referring to your sweeping statement Mr Gaughan…and well you know it! Sadly with our war chest the likes of Hillsy and Flynny appear to be the best we can get. Either that or unfit Latvians!

  • Lets just wait and see what happens in the season. Grayson has made some good signings, players who want to play for the club as a team and not just for themselves, what a great team spirit we have at the club.

  • Sandy, the comment was written by myself because it’s true that people are concerned with signing an injury-plagued player.
    The point about Clarkie is irrelevant in comparison with Hillsy. Hillsy is not getting any younger, while Clarkie was still fairly young when we took him on permanently and still has a good 6/7/8 years left in him if the law of averages is to be applied.
    Hillsy has 2/3/4 maximum? Has had crippling injuries in the past, hence it is a bit of a risk signing him – however it softens that blow IMO if he is only going to be a squad player.

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