Earnshaw signing not in time for Huddersfield clash

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Barry Ferguson solved his striker shortage with a signing, but he won’t play today.

Rob Earnshaw has joined the Seasiders until the end of the season but wasn’t registered in time to make his debut in this afternoon’s home clash with Huddersfield Town.

The former Wales international wasn’t signed up by the noon deadline, though he will be available for Tuesday’s trip to Bolton, subject to international clearance.

Earnshaw, who turns 33 in a fortnight and has been without a club since January, said: “I turned down an offer to stay at Toronto FC and I wanted to play games.

“Blackpool wanted me to come and after training a couple of days I signed.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and to give the fans something to cheer about here.

“I’ve spoken to Barry a lot over the last couple of days and I’m impressed. He’s a driven guy with great ideas.

“I’ve played against Blackpool before and have always been impressed by the fans.

“Hopefully I can experience that here.”

However, failure to complete the deal in time means Ferguson’s attacking options are stretched for today’s game, with injuries to Steven Davies and Stephen Dobbie leaving gaps up front.

With Nathan Tyson on loan at Notts County, it could mean a return to the squad for Michael Chopra, who was left out of the travelling party 
altogether for last weekend’s trip to Leicester.

Pool are otherwise at full-strength, with Ferguson expected to make at least a couple of changes to his line-up.

It’s the start of a hectic week for Pool, with the midweek trip to Bolton followed by a Saturday date at QPR.

And that’s just the way boss Ferguson likes it. He said: “I’d rather the games came thick and fast than just train all week.

“It would be great to win three in a week and almost make ourselves safe, but I don’t tend to look ahead.

“I am focusing on the Huddersfield game. Hopefully we’ll win that and then move on to Tuesday.”