Frantic fortnight ahead for Pool

Lee Clark
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Lee Clark hopes there will be plenty of new faces through the door at Bloomfield Road before the loan transfer window closes in just under a fortnight.

The Seasiders have until Thursday November 27 to make temporary signings. After that date, no deals can be done until January.

Pool have several players on trial at present, though former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea is the only one so far confirmed.

O’Dea and other trialists were due to feature in a behind closed doors game against Wigan on Friday, though the sudden sacking of Uwe Rosler as Latics boss saw that game scrapped.

Two other trial defenders could be granted contracts with Pool.

Manager Clark said: “We’ve had a look at a couple of players this week, with the possibility of them signing for us.

“Hopefully we’ve made the right impression on them and we can come to an agreement.

“Also we’ve got a lot of players, so we have to look to off-load some as well.

“Our squad has a lot of players who won’t get enough

gametime and so need to go out and play.”

The Gazette understands those players include the Oriol twins, Edu and Joan, as well as Sergei Zenjov and Formose Mendy.

Clark added: “We’ll be looking to do business before the window shuts, both in and out.”

Pool’s players have been given the weekend off but it has so far been an unusually gruelling international break.

While most Championship clubs grant their squad extra time off during the fortnight between games, Clark has instead worked hard on improving his players’ fitness.

He said: “This hasn’t been a normal international break like most clubs have.

“It isn’t about rest and recovery, although a handful have had some rest. The others have been worked extremely hard.

“We have a closed doors game on Tuesday (against Manchester United) and that’s perfect to get work into the players.

“The break has given us a chance to put some extra work into the players, so we’ve done that this week.

“The aim was to improve their fitness and the lads have worked extremely hard.

“They’ve reacted positively to the double sessions and the fitness work.

“We’ve tried to improve the tactical and technical side of the game as well, so it’s been tough for them.”