25 could leave as Pool faces another crazy summer

Andrea Orlandi is one Lee Clark would like to keep at Bloomfield Road
Andrea Orlandi is one Lee Clark would like to keep at Bloomfield Road
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Blackpool are heading for yet another player exodus this summer, with as many as 25 set to leave Bloomfield Road.

At present the Seasiders have only five players contracted for League One next season, although they hold options to extend the deals of at least six others.

It means another huge rebuild and brings alarming echoes of last summer, when Pool started pre-season with only six players, but manager Lee Clark promises it will be different this time.

The Pool boss said: “I know it’s tough but I want most of my squad in place for June 29, when we return for pre-season training.

“We have to prepare properly and give ourselves a proper chance next season.

“I’m already speaking with people. I’m talking to agents and speaking to clubs to find out who would be interested in coming to Blackpool.

“We are already making plans for June 29.

“I’ve been plugging the holes in the Titanic since I arrived here. Lately those have got too big.

“I keep saying it, but there needs to be a major rebuild here and I can’t wait to do it.”

Tom Aldred, Henry Cameron, Charles Donne, David Ferguson and Connor Oliver are the only players sure to be at Blackpool next season, though deals are on the table for young trio Bright Samuel, Dom Telford and Mark Waddington.

Midfield regulars Jamie O’Hara and David Perkins are among those players who will be totally out of contract this summer and are yet to start talks with Pool.

The club is expected to open negotiations with players it wishes to keep in the next couple of weeks.

O’Hara and Andrea Orlandi are two who feature high on Clark’s wanted list.

He added: “Andrea is one I will definitely look to keep for next season.

“His form has been excellent since he gained a regular starting place and he’s the type of player we’d like to see here again next season.”

Pool enjoyed a weekend off during the final international break of the season – something they won’t have in League One next season.

The draw against Leeds nine days ago halted a run of six straight defeats and at least sent the club into the two-week break on a positive note.

Pool return to action at Bolton on Saturday and Clark added: “The last performance made me feel a bit better about everything.

“There’s potential with some of the players and I know who I’d like to keep around for next season, if possible.

“We just have to take as many positives as we can from the final seven games.”