BRETT Ormerod says he is open to offers from other clubs, having so far failed to reach agreement with Blackpool over a contract for next season.
And although the legendary Seasiders striker would love to extend his Bloomfield Road career, he told The Gazette “I’m not holding my breath” for an improved offer from the club.
The 35-year-old was included in Pool’s list of out-of-contract players who had been ‘released’ at the end of last season, though that was on the understanding Ormerod would be offered new terms, possibly involving a mentoring role with the club’s younger players.
But the striker who has bagged 61 goals in 215 League appearances over two spells with Pool (1997-2001 and 2009-12), is now looking at options elsewhere as he turns his attention to sorting out his future after a family holiday.
Ormerod said: “I haven’t managed to come to an agreement with Blackpool. I’ve exchanged a few texts with (chairman) Karl Oyston and have left it at that. I’m considering my options and I’m open to offers.
“My agent is speaking with clubs but nothing is lined up yet. I’m just back from two weeks away and I’ll see what my career options are.”
While Ormerod was on holiday, a national newspaper report claimed Pool had offered him a basic wage of £15,000 for next season.
The only player to have scored for the club in all four divisions added: “I’m not sure where that figure has come from or how it got out, but it’s probably more accurate than people may think.
“My heart is still at Blackpool and I have a lot of friends there. It will always be a special club for me and if the option to stay was there, with the right terms, I would like nothing more than to stay.”
The idea of working with the younger players certainly has appeal to the Blackburn-born frontman, but first and foremost he wants a playing contract for next season.
He added: “I spoke to the manager about the role he could see me filling, and he said there was a possibility of helping out on the coaching side with the younger players.
“I still know I’m good enough to carry on playing for another season or two, especially at Championship level, so I wouldn’t want to jump over completely to the coaching side yet. But putting a foot into the water and learning that side would be the ideal scenario.
“I’ve left the ball in Blackpool’s court to come back to me. It would be lovely if it happened but I’m not holding my breath.”