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 Thursday, 28 November, 2002, 16:48 GMT
Blackpool bag Thornley
Ben Thornley (centre) celebrates an Aberdeen goal
Ben Thornley's career at Pittodrie started brightly
Blackpool have successfully completed their lengthy chase to sign Ben Thornley from Aberdeen.

And midfielder Roberto Bisconti could follow him out of Pittodrie.

Former Manchester United and Huddersfield Town winger Thornley has agreed an 18-month contract at Bloomfield Road.

He has been a long-standing target of Seasiders' boss Steve McMahon but cannot play for Blackpool until 1 January, when the transfer window re-opens.

It's just a shame that things haven't worked out

Aberdeen winger Ben Thornley
"It's no secret I wanted to sign Ben," McMahon told his club's website.

"We are delighted he has agreed to join us. He's a talented individual, who can play down either flank."

Thornley was a substitute in Aberdeen's Scottish Premier League defeat away to Partick Thistle on Saturday but has been frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities under Ebbe Skovdahl.

"I've now agreed terms with Steve McMahon and I'll be able to sign for them on a free in the New Year," he said.

"There's never been any problem between myself and Ebbe. It's just a shame that things haven't worked out the way we both wanted."

Roberto Bisconti in action against Kilmarnock
Roberto Bisconti (right) has been fined
But Thornley backed the under-fire Dons boss, who announced on Friday that he would leave the club by the summer.

"Aberdeen are going in the right direction, with a lot of good quality kids who I have had the pleasure of training with over the last season," he added.

Thornley has started just 17 league games since joining the Dons from Huddersfield in August, 2001 following the Terriers' relegation from the First Division.

Thornley started 92 games in just over three years for Huddersfield whom he joined for 175,000 from Manchester United after an initial loan spell.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen will also consider offers for Bisconti, who has been fined two weeks' wages for going home to Belgium without permission from the club.

Bisconti, out of the first-team at present with a thigh injury, could have played his last game for the club.

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