Broadfoot open to new Pool deal

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KIRK Broadfoot is hoping a deal can be sorted out to keep him at Bloomfield Road.

The defender is out of contract this summer, after making a real impact at the heart of Blackpool’s defence.

After initially struggling with fitness the 28-year-old has been one of the club’s top performers since switching from right back to a more central role.

And while he wants to wait until the club are safe from relegation, he hopes something can be sorted to extend his stay.

“I’ve enjoyed it here, I don’t see why things can’t be sorted out, so here’s hoping,” he told The Gazette.

“Who knows what’s round the corner, we need to get safe first before we start talking about the future.”

The former Rangers made has made 25 appearances for the Seasiders so far, and has played a huge part in their recent defensive improvements.

Since Paul Ince’s first game in charge against Leeds, Pool have only conceded two goals in four games.

It’s an improvement Broadfoot is clearly proud of.

“Over the last four games we’ve defended really well,” he said.

“As a defender not losing games is what I look for.

“But to go and get a win was 
big on Saturday.

“We don’t want to be looking down, and after Saturday’s result we are all looking up now.

“It was a good result, especially the way they are playing at the 
moment.

“With the players we’ve got here, we can beat anyone on our day.

“If you look at the league table we are sitting 13th and it looks pretty good, but anyone from maybe 12th placed down can be dragged into it.

“The three points at a very difficult place on Saturday has made a huge difference to everyone.”

Broadfoot headed Pool’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Birmingham last week, after Ince talked about wanting to improve set pieces.

They have worked on improving dead balls, with Broadfoot and central defensive partner Gary Mackenzie a huge part of the Seasiders’ 
attacking plans.

Broadfoot said: “It’s something I’ve been working on, to get my head on the end of things.

“At previous clubs I never really went up for corners, for some strange reasons.

“I’m enjoy it, we’ve worked hard on it.

“At the moment I think every time we get a set piece that we are going to score.

“That’s pleasing.

“He’s a big boy is Gary, to be fair.

“At the moment we look like we are going to score from every corner.

“The work is paying dividends at the moment.

“We seem to be looking solid.

“Myself and Gary have got a good understanding now, it’s working well.”

Broadfoot has made four appearances for the Scottish national side, but has not been involved for almost three years.

But he hopes his recent form could see him back in contention.

He admitted: “I’m a little bit disappointed I’m not in this squad, if I’m being honest.

“There are people in it in defensive areas who aren’t really playing, week-in week-out.

“But hopefully the manager keeps me in mind.

“If I can pick up a goal here and there, and keep playing well, maybe I’ll catch his eye.

“If we keep keeping clean sheets here, then I don’t see why not.”

Blackpool have a real Scottish look about them recently, with six of the starting eleven against Watford on Saturday from north of the boarder.

Although Broadfoot argues two of them maybe aren’t as Scottish as they claim.

“You can’t class Matt Gilks and Matt Phillips as Scottish,” he joked.

“They don’t sing Flower of Scotland.

“But it’s good to have so many Scottish players here, we can have conversations to ourselves and no-one knows what we are on about!”