Eardley wants to fill Charlie’s boots

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NEAL Eardley moved into midfield for Blackpool against Rangers on Tuesday and now he wants to take over another of Charlie Adam’s key roles.

Eardley fancies becoming Pool’s free-kick specialist now set-piece supremo Adam has gone.

Wales international Eardley said: “We’ve got a lot of quality in the team and we’ve got a lot of lads who are class in dead-ball situations. A few of us will want to put our foot on them now that Chaz has gone.”

The 22-year-old, who has spent most of his career at right-back, staked his claim with a fantastic free-kick goal against Everton last season.

He also relishes more of the midfield responsibility, adding: “It’s new to me and I’ve still got a lot to learn in that position, but hopefully I can get some pre-season games under my belt in there.”

Eardley is particularly looking forward to Saturday’s second pre-season outing at Oldham, the club where he made 113 appearances over three years before joining Pool in August 2009.