One in, one out and maybe another to come for Pool

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Blackpool added young Bolton defender Niall Maher on a busy day of activity at Bloomfield Road – and more could follow today.

As well as securing the 19-year-old defender on a month’s loan, Pool extended the contract of defender Nyron Nosworthy while Jacob Mellis (Oldham) and Franscois Zoko (Bradford) headed for the exit.

While Maher is yet to make a senior appearance for parent club Bolton, boss Lee Clark says he has high hopes for the youngster.

“We’ve been to watch him a couple of times this season and he’s impressed us,” hsaid the Seasiders boss

“He can play both full-back positions really well and he’s really quick and strong.

“We only have one real recognised right-back at the club in Tony, so we needed to bring someone in there.

“We need pressure in all positions and we feel he can help us.”

Maher is believed to be able to play right across the back four.

There’s been a revolving door at Bloomfield Road since Clark took over from Jose Riga in November, and the manager has hinted there could be another incoming ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Watford.

He said: “I’m hoping to have another in before the game on Saturday, we are always on the look out.

“When you think of the loan players who have gone back, they haven’t really been replaced.

“It’s not an easy window for loan deals or permanent.

“The ones you want to get in long-term, their price has been inflated a bit.”

Many will be surprised by Clark’s decision to allow Mellis out on loan to League One side Oldham Athletic for the rest of the season.

The 24-year-old has played 14 times for the Seasiders and has showed flashes of quality but has seen his season blighted by injury.

With his contract up at the end of the year it’s unlikely he’ll now return to Bloomfield Road, with striker Zoko in a similar situation.

Clark’s plans were however handed a boost by the news Nosworthy has penned a new contract until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old’s two-month deal at Bloomfield Road expired on Wednesday and there appeared to be a major doubt about his future.

Chris Eagles and Tom Kennedy both left the club this week but Clark explained he’s happy with his week’s work.

He said: “I’m happy to get Nyron sorted, he will have a part to play for us between now and the end of the season.

“Along with Jamie O’Hara and Darren O’Dea it’s good to get them signed until the end of the season.

“They are the ones who I wanted to keep and who I think will help between now and the end of the season.

“As for Chris there were a number of reasons why he eventually moved on, not just about us wanting him or him wanting to stay.

“We sat down and decided it was best he moved on.”