Ferguson to extend Blackpool stay

Barry Ferguson is the first of seven out of contract stars to agree to stay

Barry Ferguson is the first of seven out of contract stars to agree to stay

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Barry Ferguson is set to put pen to paper on a new contract at Bloomfield Road.

The club captain is one of seven out of contract players offered new deals earlier this month by chairman Karl Oyston.

It’s widely expected many of those see their future elsewhere, but Pool have been handed a boost that the 35-year-old is to stay at the club.

The Gazette understands Ferguson, who was the Seasiders’ highest paid player, has agreed a new one-year deal which will be confirmed next week.

Manager Paul Ince described the former Scotland international as on a different level after bringing him back into the starting line-up after a spell on loan at Fleetwood Town.

He turned in a number of eye catching performances under Ince, and was high on the manager’s retained list.

Ferguson had considered calling time on his playing career, but his superb end of season form made him hungry for at least one more year at Bloomfield Road.

Bolton are set to announce officially defender Alex Baptiste has agreed a three-year contract, which leaves Ludo Sylvestre, Kirk Broadfoot, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stephen Crainey and Neal Eardley still to decide on their future.

Pool are hopeful deals can be done with Crainey and Eardley, but it’s highly unlikely Sylvestre will be back at Bloomfield Road.

The Frenchman made the headlines at the end of last season and has since attracted attention from more than 10 clubs.

As well as offers in the Championship, the likes of Norwich, Fulham and Swansea have also held talks with the player’s agent.

Manager Ince has been working hard behind the scenes approaching out of contract players and holding regular meetings with the chairman.

While news of new signings aren’t imminent, it’s understood a number of positive talks have taken place as Pool look to rebuild their squad.