Blackpool boss backs Higham to seize big chance

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Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has backed young Luke Higham to make the most of his loan move to Nuneaton Town.

The 19-year-old secured a one-month loan deal with the National League North side last week.

Bowyer, who admitted Higham has been unlucky not to feature more so far this season, said the loan move will be a huge benefit to the young defender.

He said: “Luke’s had a tough time. He got injured in pre-season, which meant he missed some games and was unable to stake a claim, but now he’s got a great opportunity.

“He’s going to a good club with good people. I know the management team Kevin Wilson and Steve Chettle personally and we’re happy for him to go get games.

“He was happy as well, so I’m full of praise for him.”

Higham’s only appearances so far have this season have been in the Checkatrade Trophy. He played 14 games under Neil McDonald last term, becoming first-choice left-back towards the end of the season.

The teenager, who made his full Nuneaton debut in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Curzon Ashton, is on loan there until November 5.

Another Pool player desperate for more minutes is experienced winger Mark Yeates, who was left out of the squad to face Cambridge last weekend.

The 31-year-old Irishman has started just one League Two game so far and has spent much of the campaign on the bench.

Asked why Yeates was absent last weekend, Bowyer was guarded with his response. The Pool boss said: “We’ve got squad and the other week Bright (Osayi-Samuel) missed out. The other week it was someone else and this week it’s Mark Yeates.”

The former Colchester, Watford and Bradford man was brought into the side at Crewe last month in the absence of regular starter Brad Potts. Yeates was among Pool’s better performers but was back on the bench three days later against Portsmouth, when Potts returned.

Yeates spoke of his frustration at his lack of game- time after the Crewe match, when he said: “I’ve been desperate to get out there and play.

“It’s been a bit of a strange one – I’ve not been used to being used so little.”