Bowyer bids to freshen up Blackpool and wants to sign star triallists

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer is contemplating changes to “freshen up” his side for tonight’s home game with Rochdale, after their seven-game unbeaten run in League One came to an end with Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Two players he would love to include in the squad are midfielder Jay Spearing and defender Adam Henley, who have been training with Pool for a week after being released by Bolton and Blackburn respectively at the end of last season.

Bowyer knows Henley, 23, well from the Wales international’s 13-year association with Blackburn.

Former Liverpool midfielder Spearing, 28, is also known to the Pool boss from his loan spell at Rovers from Bolton three seasons ago.

Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire: “Jay was terrific for me and is a Championship player in my opinion. I was as surprised as anyone he wasn’t signed by anyone.

“He has raised the standard of our training and I’d love to try to get something done but it’s out of my hands.

“If we can get him into the building full-time it would be great because we only have Jimmy Ryan with that experience in midfield.”

Henley’s 94 Blackburn appearances included eight in the Premier League and Bowyer added: “I remember him marking Raheem Sterling out of a game and he is one we would love to bring in because of his standard and quality.

“But it comes down to what can be done and money always comes into it.”

Bowyer is looking to reinvigorate his team against Dale this evening (7.45pm)after they looked the more fatigued side at Bristol, despite the hosts having played 120 minutes in a midweek Carabao Cup loss against Wolves.

He told The Gazette: “We looked a bit leggy and we have to address that. The substitutions we made were all tactical because we felt there were one or two who hadn’t given enough.

“We haven’t got the biggest of numbers, we know that, so to freshen it up is something we might need to do for Tuesday.”

However, Bowyer called for a sense of perspective adding: “We can’t go all doom and gloom after what a good start it’s been.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t capitalise on what a good start we had at Bristol Rovers but wee now have to go again on Tuesday.”