The Arsenal defender has won plenty of admirers for his performances with the League One side this season.
Making his eighth consecutive start against Oxford on Saturday, Ballard put in another fine display as he doubled Blackpool's advantage before the half-time break with a towering header.
Blackpool have conceded just three goals in those eight games with Ballard in the starting line-up.
The 21-year-old will miss Blackpool's next few games as he links up with the Northern Ireland national team.
Signing off in style.
@dg_ballard scores his second goal for Blackpool - prior to reporting for international duty with @NorthernIreland
— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) March 21, 2021