Blackpool unlikely to make a decision on out-of-contract players until after the January transfer window

Blackpool are unlikely to make a decision on their out-of-contract players until after the January transfer window.

Thursday, 14th January 2021, 2:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th January 2021, 2:12 pm

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That’s according to Pool’s head coach Neil Critchley, who wants a clearer picture of where the club is at before deciding on the futures of 10 players.

The contracts of Alex Fojticek, Ollie Turton, James Husband, Luke Garbutt, Nathan Shaw, MJ Williams, Grant Ward, Sullay Kaikai and Gary Madine all expire this summer.

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The Seasiders do, however, hold the option to extend the deals of Fojticek, Husband, Williams, Ward, Shaw and Kaikai should they wish to do so.

Out-of-favour midfielder Jamie Devitt, who is currently on loan with League Two side Newport County, is also out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Blackpool also hold a 12-month option on Devitt, although they’re unlikely to exercise the clause given the 30-year-old has yet to make a competitive appearance for the club.

When asked if discussions have taken place about Pool’s out-of-contract players, Critchley told The Gazette: “We’re not quite at that stage, no.

Gary Madine is one of 10 players who are out of contract at the end of the season

“After the January transfer window and when we have a clearer picture of where we’re going to be and where we are in the league, then those conversations will be able to take place with a clear indication of where we want to be going in the future.

“So not at the moment, no.”

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