Pool stars to head out on loan

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BLACKPOOL supporters could soon be taking an interest in much more than what’s going on at Bloomfield Road.

Ian Holloway has revealed many of his fringe players could be heading out of the club on loan.

Left-back Bob Harris played 90 minutes in Rotherham’s weekend win against over Oxford, after he joined the Millers on a month’s loan.

And the Pool boss has revealed Harris could be the first of many to head out of the door.

“I’ve given Matt Williams (the club secretary) a list of people I’d consider not match fit who I’d loan out,” said Holloway.

“I have to try and stagger the loans, and find out who wants them.”

The Seasiders have a huge squad at Bloomfield Road, with many struggling to get enough games to keep themselves sharp.

Heavy rain on the Fylde coast has seen planned behind-closed-doors games cancelled in recent weeks after the club’s training ground was left stranded.

Loan rules state that during the first 28 days of an arrangement, a player cannot be recalled.

This makes the whole process that little bit more complex.

Holloway explained: “I have to look at getting people out for 28 days, then getting them back so I don’t leave myself short.

“After the 28 days they can return at 24-hours’ notice, which helps us if we are caught short.

“So we have to plan when to release the lads, and which players to let go when, to cover our own backs.”

Last season, Pool used the outgoing loan market to their advantage with Matt Phillips.

The striker was struggling and out of form, only to fire himself back to form during a loan spell at League One side Sheffield United.

He came straight back into Blackpool’s starting 11 and never looked back.

“It’s important we let the players who I think aren’t playing enough football out to get games,” said Holloway.

“They need to keep themselves at a high level, so when I call upon them, they are ready to go straight into my team.

“So we’ll be looking at that over the next couple of weeks and seeing what we can do.”