Pool decide against Foley extension

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Blackpool have decided against extending the loan of Kevin Foley.

The full-back impressed during his month long spell at Bloomfield Road and was expected to stay for the rest of the season.

But after much consideration, boss Barry Ferguson felt his side was more than strong enough to cope and chose to allow him to return to his parent club Wolves.

“He came here and did a very good job for us,” said Ferguson.

“I needed an extra body in defence at the time, but after a long hard think about it I think we have enough cover.

“With the system we are playing I think we have enough to cope.”

With Kirk Broadfoot still missing through injury, Foley’s return leaves Pool short at the back should injuries or suspensions kick-in.

But there is versatility at the club, with Chris Basham and Neal Bishop both having played in a number of positions.

Ferguson is also keen to promote 18-year-old youth team star Harrison McGahey, who was on the bench last weekend at QPR.

He explained: “If anything happens at the back, the young boy Harrison is ready to step in and play when needed.

“I’ve been impressed with him and the other youngster Mark Waddington.

“That’s why I moved them up, they’ve been training with us now for six weeks and I’ve seeing a big difference in them.

“I’d have no problem throwing either of them into the mix.”

Ricardo Fuller and Broadfoot are once again set to miss out as the Championship’s bottom side arrive at Bloomfield Road.

A win for Blackpool would see them almost relegate their visitors and go a long way to securing another year in English football’s second tier.

And they’ll go into the game with a similar squad to last week’s draw at QPR.

“The gap isn’t big enough between us and the relegation zone, said Ferguson.

“We need to go out there and win games.

“In the last few weeks we’ve had some good results and some results I thought we could have nicked.

“We are far from safe at the moment.”

The 36-year-old added: “It’s the same as last week in terms of team news.”

“There are no new injuries, everyone who was available last week is again this.

“Ricardo Fuller and Kirk Broadfoot once again won’t be ready.

“I’d be a lot happier if Ricardo was fit. He brings a lot of experience, he knows the game inside out.”