Eardley’s comeback pledge

Neal Eardley in action against Rangers in a pre season friendly
Neal Eardley in action against Rangers in a pre season friendly
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NEAL Eardley has vowed to get his stop-start season moving after making his comeback in yesterday’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Middlesbrough.

A Blackpool team also containing Tom Ince, Bojan Djordjic, Angel Martinez, Gerardo Bruna and Chris Basham lost 3-1 to Boro.

But for Eardley, simply being on the pitch was a boost.

Just a fortnight after undergoing surgery on a badly dislocated finger, Eardley played in the centre of midfield before switching to right-back late on.

The Welshman now hopes to be in the squad for Saturday’s clash with Cardiff, as he attempts to get his season on track.

Left out of the opener at Hull amid claims of a rift over his contract, Eardley came off the bench at Brighton and changed the course of the game but then got injured.

He said: “It has been frustrating and stop-start. The season hasn’t really got going how I would have liked.

“But I can’t let that affect me. I’ve just got to get on with it and hopefully get back in the team as soon as possible.

“I was gutted to be left out of that first game, but whatever happened, happened. I’ve put that behind me and hopefully everyone else has.

“I think it got blown out of proportion a little bit but since then I’ve just got my head down.

“I told gaffer I was just going to get on with it. I always wanted to be here and I fought my way back into the squads.

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