Blackpool hand trial to ‘new Crainey’

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POOL are running the rule over a left-back from Scotland as they prepare for life after Stephen Crainey.

Crainey has yet to agree a new contract with the Seasiders and Bristol City are favourites to sign him.

With Australian David Carney released at the end of last season, boss Ian Holloway needs left-backs and is making progress.

Out-of-contract Queen of the South captain Robert Harris, usually known as Bob, has been training with Pool in a bid to impress.

Harris is only 23 but has been playing regularly in the Scottish leagues since breaking into Clyde’s team at the age of 17.

He moved to Queen of the South four years ago, starred in the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers in 2008 and was the subject of a bid from Dundee 12 months ago.

Keen not to sell to their First Division rivals, manager Kenny Brannigan said: “There will be no deal until the price is right – he’s not leaving us for two bob and a doughnut.

“I think Bob Harris is a far bigger player than Dundee.

“If he wants to go and make a genuinely good living from the game, then I think he has to go south.

“He’s only a kid but he’s a right good leader and he plays with good aggression.

“We all want him to stay but there comes a level where, if the right money comes in, he has to go.”

Harris’ contract expired at the end of last season and he hasn’t signed a new deal, so is free to look for another club.

After the bid from Dundee, the talented left-footer said: “I’m totally professional.

“Whatever happens off the park has nothing to do with me and as soon as I step over that white line it’s 100 per cent effort and concentration in every game.”

Whether Holloway signs Harris or not – and the signs are he will – the Pool boss will still hope to keep Crainey.

But the 30-year-old Scot, who has made more than 130 starts for Blackpool since signing in summer 2007, favours a move elsewhere.