Keeper could be set for Blackpool exit

Keeper Mark Howard

Keeper Mark Howard

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POOL fans had better make the most of Mark Howard – the keeper may not be around much longer.

Sensational since stepping in for the injured Matt Gilks, Howard’s short-term contract is up at the end of the month.

And with other clubs sniffing, boss Ian Holloway admits he fears losing the 25-year-old unless a fresh deal can be struck.

The manager said: “At the moment there is a risk of losing Mark. Do I want to? No. But will we be held over a barrel? No, that doesn’t happen here.

“The fact that Mark is out of contract is something we had to put up with. We had no choice about that at the time.

“We are trying to renegotiate with him and that is good. The chairman agrees with that.

“How that is going to pan out, who knows? I am not dealing with it.

“Sometimes things are harder (at this club) than they need to be because people are stubborn – more stubborn than they need to be.”