Evatt shock as Pool cut squad

Ian Evatt at the final game of this season
Ian Evatt at the final game of this season
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Ian Evatt is the shock name at the top of Blackpool’s release list.

The defender, who has missed nine months with injury this season, has not been offered a new contract at Bloomfield Road.

He is among a number of players heading for the door, as Paul Ince plans a summer clearout.

The futures of Alex Baptiste, Ludo Sylvestre, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Barry Ferguson, Neal Eardley and Stephen Crainey remain in doubt, although they have all been offered new contracts.

Pool boss Ince spoke face to face with each member of his squad this week to inform them whether they have a future with the Seasiders.

Blackpool have 37 players out of contract and are yet to confirm who will stay.

But The Gazette understands that Pool will activate their option to extend the contracts of Matt Gilks, Bob Harris, Chris Basham, Isaiah Osboure, Angel, Craig Cathcart, Tom Ince and Matty Phillips for a further season.

It’s been a tough week for Ince, who has also chosen to release nine members of the club’s development squad.

Anderson Banvo and Jake Caprice will step up to the senior squad next season after doing enough to impress Ince.

But it’s the lack of an offer to Evatt which came as the biggest shock to Pool’s fans.

He’s been given the chance to return to training in pre-season to prove his fitness.

Evatt hasn’t played since Pool visited Bristol City back in November.

After rest didn’t work, he saw a specialist in London and underwent surgery.

He was recently given the all-clear to step up his comeback and is due to spend a large part of his summer at the FA’s St George’s Park training centre in Staffordshire.

It’s not known if he’ll accept Pool’s offer to train with them and he is likely to have plenty of interest from elsewhere.

Evatt has been a huge part of the club since joining from QPR, initially on loan, in August 2006.