Blackpool head north but Norris seeks new direction

Blackpool FC in pre-season training
Blackpool FC in pre-season training
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David Norris looks unlikely to extend his stay at Blackpool after missing the deadline on his new contract offer.

The midfielder was the only out-of-contract player to be offered a new deal at Bloomfield Road after relegation from League One.

Blackpool FC in pre-season training

Blackpool FC in pre-season training

It was thought that the 35-year-old would welcome the chance to stay, having made 38 appearances since joining the club last September.

It means manager Gary Bowyer will have to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements as he continues to rebuild his squad ahead of the League Two season.

The new boss aims to bring his squad closer together during their 10-day training camp in Scotland.

The Seasiders set off for their St Andrews base this morning and face an intensive training regime.

David Norris

David Norris

Bowyer is expected to take 25 players north of the border, including his five signings and teenagers Macaulay Wilson and Miles Boney, who both turned professional this summer.

And the manager hopes the squad’s time away together will be a huge help. “It will be a good chance for everyone to really get to know each other,” he said.

“We have a lot of new faces in the squad, some new coaches and of course myself, who the players are getting to know.

“It’s a long time to be away from home but it will give us a real chance to get some work into the players. I am really looking forward to getting up there.”

Pool will play a behind- closed-doors game against a Scottish league side but their opponents are yet to be revealed.

The tour was arranged last season by previous manager Neil McDonald but Bowyer is more than happy to press on with his predecessor’s plan.

Gary Bowyer made a further addition to his backroom staff yesterday by confirming the arrival of Dan Birdsall as fitness coach.

Birdsall has spent the past three seasons in a similar role at Bolton following six years with Morecambe as head of sports science.

Dave Timmins was named as Pool’s new goalkeeper coach on Monday.