GTF ready for quick return

Gary Taylor-Fletcher
Gary Taylor-Fletcher

GARY Taylor-Fletcher has handed Blackpool a huge fitness boost.

The striker was expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring against Birmingham last month.

However, the 32-year-old has recovered far quicker than expected and is back in training.

Taylor-Fletcher trained last week and will join in with the first team squad from Monday. And he could be in line for a shock return at home to Burnley next Saturday.

Manager Paul Ince revealed: “We’ve had great news that Gary Taylor-Fletcher is back in training. We hope he’ll be available for selection next week, so that’s a huge boost.”

Taylor-Fletcher has played more than 200 times for the Seasiders since joining from Huddersfield in 2007.

He offers massive experience and Ince is clearly a big fan.

The Pool boss said: “He showed against Birmingham what he’s all about. He was outstanding.

“It will be like us having a new player. He lifts us in so many ways and he’s great around the changing room.”