Eagles: I want to stay at Blackpool

Blackpool's Chris Eagles celebrates scoring his first goal for the club
Blackpool's Chris Eagles celebrates scoring his first goal for the club
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Chris Eagles fired his first goal for Blackpool on Saturday and stated: “I want to stay”.

The winger scored the opening goal in Pool’s 2-2 draw at Charlton but a huge question mark remains over his future.

The Seasiders are unbeaten since Eagles came into the side four games ago but his contract expires at the start of next month.

The 29-year-old is desperate to stay at Bloomfield Road and said: “I want to stay until the end of the season, everyone knows that.

“I’m in talks with the club at the moment. I’d like to seal the deal now.

“I’ll hopefully be having a chat about extending it this week.

“I’m loving it here. I get on with all the lads and the gaffer, and the fans have taken to me too. It’s brilliant.”

Eagles reacted quickest to put Pool ahead at The Valley after Nyron Nosworthy’s header had been blocked on the line.

The former Burnley and Bolton winger says it was a special goal, even if he doesn’t recall much about it.

He said: “It was my first for Blackpool and hopefully the first of many for me.

“It was lovely to score with my family in the crowd. I’m from London and my dad came with my seven-year-old nephew, Harry.

“I couldn’t care less if it was a screamer. It meant a lot to get my first Blackpool goal.

“The keeper missed the ball and it bounced. I just chucked myself at it, hoping to get a touch.

“I don’t know where it went but I was just delighted to see it go in.

“I saw Nyron running off with his arms up, so I thought he’d scored. But I was delighted to be told it was mine.

“It’s nice to get another point and keep on everyone’s tails.”

Eagles is part of an almost totally new squad at Bloomfield Road and is already a big hit with Pool’s long-suffering supporters.

“The fans were brilliant on Saturday. It must be tough for them,” he said.

“I don’t know the full story of what has happened at Blackpool but it’s a pleasure to play here.

“I spoke to a few fans and I want to thank them for accepting me, especially as I’ve played for a couple of their rivals. I’m going to do everything I can to keep Blackpool up.”

Eagles felt Saturday’s result was fair. He said: “Charlton are a good footballing team at home.

“We got off to a good start. I felt quite comfortable when we went 1-0 up and things were looking positive, then they got the penalty.

“We probably didn’t start the second half as well as we’d have wanted to but we got a great goal at the end from Davo (Steven Davies. I think we more than deserved our point.”