Blackpool boss Bowyer is ready to build another squad

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has to rebuild his squad again
Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has to rebuild his squad again

Gary Bowyer admits he is relishing the challenge of rebuilding his Blackpool squad ahead of next season’s League One campaign.

The Seasiders have made six new signings so far, but Bowyer has admitted his shopping is far from being done.

Ten players were released by the club following last season’s 12th placed finish, while five out-of-contract individuals are yet to decide whether to stay at Bloomfield Road or move elsewhere.

That could well mean that Blackpool will line up with a drastically different set of players for the 2018/19 season.

But Bowyer, who admits his squad will require a big rebuild, insists that he is ready to step up to the challenge.

He said: “We’ve got a bit of a rebuild because of the players that have left, so we’re working hard to try and get some players in to have a right good go at the league again.

“It’s difficult but I do enjoy the challenge of piecing a team together.

“Two years ago when I first arrived at the club it was a big rebuild and there are a lot of similarities this summer to that time.

“But we’ve made inroads in this last week or two by signing some very young and hungry players who want to get better.”

The Seasiders were busy last week, bringing in four new signings to bolster their squad ahead of their return to pre-season training next week.

Joe Dodoo arrived on a season-long loan from Rangers, where he has struggled to make an impact.

John O’Sullivan and Chris Taylor joined after being released from Carlisle United and Bolton Wanderers respectively, while Jordan Thompson agreed terms after being let go by Rangers.

While they may not be considered high-profile, established signings, Bowyer was still delighted to capture their signatures.

He added: “What you do get at this club is the opportunity to play because of the restrictions on our budget.

“A couple of the players I already knew in John O’Sullivan and Chris Taylor. I had previously worked with them before so they knew what I was about and I obviously knew what they were about and what makes them tick.

“To be fair they’ve both had a year they just want to park and forget.

“They know what they’re going to get here. They’re going to get people making demands of them to work very hard and that’s what they will come and do.

“So I was delighted to get the pair of them to join us.”