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Blackpool: Remember Kirk Broadfoot? Here’s what he’s up to nowawdays



Former Blackpool centre-back Kirk Broadfoot has shared his playing career between England and his home nation of Scotland, still going at 37 as he plies his trade with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Rewinding back to his days with the Seasiders, he initially arrived at Bloomfield Road back in September 2012, free to move to another side after mutually terminating his contract at Rangers who were going through huge difficulties at the time and had been relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish football.

He joined a Blackpool side that had just missed out on a Premier League return after being beaten 2-1 by West Ham United in the play-off final and were looking to sustain another promotion push with Broadfoot at the heart of their team.

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Unfortunately, the former Scotland international only played in three of the Lancashire outfit’s 17 games of the 2012/13 campaign due to injuries, only featuring twice under Ian Hollaway before the Bristolian’s departure in the early November.

After that, he was an ever-present figure across the backline for the remainder of the season, playing at centre-back and on the right as a versatile defender but perhaps disappointed he wasn’t able to guide the Tangerines to a higher position than 15th.

They finished 15th that season – but things would get slightly worse for his former side during the following campaign – finishing even lower in 20th place even though they lost just one of their opening 14 Championship games in 2013/14.

For the Scotsman individually, he endured a mixed campaign as he captained the side on six different occasions between January and March 2014, but was sent off twice and had watched his side fail to halt their decline that started in the previous December.

He was unable to contribute from late March after sustaining a knee injury, being ruled out for the remainder of the season and with that, being released on the expiration of his contract in the summer.

The 37-year-old remained in England for three more years following his release, arriving at Rotherham United and playing regularly during his first two seasons at the New York Stadium before only making three league appearances during his last in 2016/17.

The end of his time at the Millers was probably the last time he will play professionally south of the border, heading back to his home nation after that and enduring varying levels of success at different success since.

His return to St Mirren either side of two separate spells at Kilmarnock was unsuccessful, but he did produce 28 league displays for the latter during the 2018/19 season that led them to a third-place finish under now-Scotland boss Steve Clarke, achieving a Europa League qualifying spot in the process.

He may have dropped down to the Scottish Championship in the summer to join Inverness, but he is still playing regularly at centre-back and has made 14 second-tier appearances so this season, captaining the side in seven, scoring once and conceding just ten times this term.

This has led them to their current third position despite only scoring 16 times in these 14 games – and Broadfoot will be hoping to play a big part in maintaining their current defensive record.

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Article title: Blackpool: Remember Kirk Broadfoot? Here’s what he’s up to nowawdays

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