Clark excited by Eagles capture

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Lee Clark says he’s excited by Chris Eagles’ arrival at Blackpool and hopes more signings will follow.

Former Bolton and Burnley winger Eagles joined the Seasiders on a two-month deal on Tuesday after 10 days training with the club.

The classy attacker, who turned 29 yesterday, offers the sort of quality Pool have been crying out for and Clark can’t wait to see him in a tangerine shirt.

The Pool boss said: “He’s a very exciting player and a very big player in the Championship.

“I believe he’ll give us some quality we need.

“He’ll excite the team, the fans and will get everyone at it.

“He’s a player who obviously hasn’t played too much lately but once we get him up to speed he’ll be an excellent player for us.”

Eagles, released by Bolton in the summer, played his last senior game in February.

He is the latest addition to a huge Pool squad, with 36 senior players now on the books.

Some were made available for loan last week and Clark says as many as 10 could be heading for the Bloomfield Road exit.

He added: “There have to be players offloaded here. We have about nine or 10 we need to move on.

“I’m able to bring players in but we need to get players out too.”

Clark is looking at a major mid-season squad rebuild, with rock-bottom Pool 10 points from Championship safety after winning only one of their first 17 games.

He has had seven players on trial during the current international break and hinted there could be further additions before the weekend.

The Gazette understands the signing of two defenders could be in the pipeline – one on loan and one who is without a current contract.

Clark confirmed: “Hopefully we can get one or two things done before the weekend. We are working on some things.”

The manager is to hold another double training session today as he aims to complete as much work as possible ahead of Saturday’s return to action at home to Bolton.

The squad have been in almost every day during the two-week international break.