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Everton striker Ellis Simms: I'm better for Blackpool loan

Everton striker Ellis Simms has no doubts about he returns from his loan with Blackpool a better player.

The centre-forward, who maintained contact with a number of Everton figures – notably receiving one-to-one advice from Professional Development Coach Leighton Baines – during his time away, is convinced he'll return to Goodison Park a more rounded footballer.

“About two months into the loan, Leighton and Franny [Jeffers, former Under-23 coach] invited me to Finch Farm to go through some of my clips," Simms told

“They showed me what I'd been doing well but also what I could work on.

“That was a massive help and gave me a lot of belief.

“I knew I had their confidence when I went back to Blackpool and managed to build on that and improve my performances from there.

“I was in touch with Marcel [Brands, Director of Football], Gretar [Steinsson, Head of Recruitment and Development], [Under-18 manager] Paul Tait and [Under-18 Assistant Manager] Keith Southern, too.

“They all supported me and gave me valuable bits of advice.

“I felt they were watching and that they cared about me.

“From the beginning of the loan to the end, I have improved so much as a player."

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