Ferguson credits Ince for extending career

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Barry Ferguson has credited Paul Ince with extending his football career.

The 35-year-old midfielder signed a new contract at Bloomfield Road yesterday, despite being frozen out for three months of last season.

It looked like the former Scotland captain would call time on his distinguished career this summer, but when Ince was appointed in February he recalled Ferguson to the team.

And after looking like his old self during the final 13 games of the season, the veteran decided on at least another season.

Ferguson said: “I did consider retirement to be honest when I went on loan to Fleetwood.

“It had crossed my mind but my decision was made when Paul Ince came in and put me straight back in to the side.

“My decision was never going to be to do with fitness – it was just a case of getting to that age.

“I wanted to go out at the highest possible level and the Championship is still a high level for me.

“When I went down to League Two, no disrespect to those but I didn’t want to play at that level.

“To be fair, Paul Ince and Alex Rae showed a lot of faith in me. I never fell out of love with football.

“Things happen in football and I’m just thankful that the gaffer and Alex Rae came in and wanted me to be a part of their plans, and a big part of their plans.”

Blackpool found out their schedule for the 2013-14 season this morning.

The Seasiders expected to be away from home on the opening day but the full fixture list can be found on our website from 9am.

The players return to training on Friday ahead of the big kick-off on August 3.

The Seasiders expected to be away from home on the opening day but the full fixture list can be found on our website from 9am.

The players return to training on Friday ahead of the big kick-off on August 3.

And after a poor season, Ferguson feels Ince’s men can have a much better campaign.

He said: “I’m just glad we have got somebody like Paul Ince, not just because he likes me and sees me part of the future, but because of the record he had towards the end of the season.

“If you look at our record (under Paul), and apart from the Brighton game it was promotion form.

“He came in and made us hard to beat, and I think if you ask any of the boys they enjoyed the last 12 or 13 games.

“Hopefully he will be here for the duration.”

Young players Tom Barkhuizen and Adam Dodd have also signed one-year contracts, with the option of a further 12 months