Eardley latest to quit Pool

Neal Eardley
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Neal Eardley is the latest player to turn their back on Blackpool’s contract offer.

The defender has agreed a three-year move to Pool’s Championship rivals Birmingham City after rejecting a new deal at Bloomfield Road.

He follows Alex Baptiste out the exit door after the captain signed for Bolton last week.

Eardley made 119 appearances for the Seasiders since arriving from Oldham in a £200,000 deal back in 2009.

He played a big part in the club’s rise to the Premier League and played 31 times for Ian Holloway in the top flight.

It leaves Ludo Sylvestre, Kirk Broadfoot, Stephen Crainey and Gary Taylor-Fletcher yet to sort their futures out, with Barry Ferguson expected to put pen to paper next week.

Speaking after putting pen to paper, Eardley said:

“To be signing for a club of this stature is the next step in my career and I’m hoping to get some games under my belt for a very big club and kick on.

“The opportunity came about and there were discussions between myself and those at the club and I was just glad that we could get something agreed.

“I would have never turned down an opportunity to be signing for such a big club.

“I can’t wait to get started.”