Goodwillie becomes Fergie’s first signing, with more to follow

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Blackpool will today give Barry Ferguson a huge boost by allowing him to make signings, starting with striker David Goodwillie.

Pool’s squad is already desperately short and hasn’t been helped by injuries to such key players as Gary MacKenzie and Ricardo Fuller.

Ferguson is believed to have outlined a list of targets and the Seasiders are hopeful of adding at least two ahead of tomorrow’s game against Doncaster.

The first is 24-year-old Goodwillie, on loan for the rest of the season from Blackburn.

The Scot has been a long-term target of the Seasiders and has been convinced to join after spending the first half of the season on loan at Dundee United.

It’s reported Pool are also close to signing Middlesbrough winger Andy Halliday.

“The place needs a wee bit of a spark and I’ve had a discussion with the chairman,” said Ferguson. “We know there are a lot of injuries and there were 14 fit senior players training.

“Ricardo won’t be fit for Saturday. I’ve spoken to the physio and he’ll be out for another three weeks.

“Gary will also be out for three to four weeks. They are massive players for us.

“We haven’t got the biggest of squads but we know we have to get on with it. It’s up to the lads who come in to show what they can do.”

One player who has impressed Ferguson is Thomas Ince. The 21-year-old is in an awkward position after his dad Paul was sacked as manager.

Ferguson had talks with Ince yesterday before the winger took part in full training as normal.

But there remains a huge question mark over whether or not he’ll be involved against Doncaster tomorrow.

“I can only see what he’s done in training,” said Ferguson. “His attitude was first-class. For me he’s dealt with it as a young man in the right manner.

“He came in and trained hard with his team-mates. That’s all we can ask for.”