Earnshaw given clearance for Blackpool debut

Rob Earnshaw
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Rob Earnshaw has been granted international clearance to make his debut for Blackpool this evening at Bolton (kick-off 8pm).

The 33-year-old joined the Seasiders on Friday until the end of the season, but the deal wasn’t completed in time for him to play in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Huddersfield.

The signing was complicated by the fact Pool required the green light from overseas, with his previous club being Toronto FC in Canada.

After a slight delay from the FA, Pool were finally given permission for the Welsh international to be named in the squad for tonight’s game.

Seasiders secretary Matt Williams explained: “Whenever any deal is done involving a player whose previous club is outside of England, we are required to gain international clearance.

“It involves ensuring a player doesn’t have any outstanding suspensions or financial restrictions.”

Earnshaw (left) was in the stands to watch Blackpool record only their second win in 21 games.

And boss Barry Ferguson is delighted with the striker’s addition.

He said: “Rob will bring goals hopefully. I was told last week he was available to us.

“One training session was enough for me to see the qualities he has.

“You just have to look at the clubs he’s played for and his goalscoring record.

“When I had seen him training on Thursday, I made my decision within 10 minutes.

“He looked sharp, he’s hungry and has a point to prove.

“Those are things I like and he’ll certainly be in the squad for Bolton.”

Earnshaw hasn’t played since leaving Major League Soccer side Toronto in January, having fired eight goals in 23 appearances.

His inclusion will help ease the striker shortage at Bloomfield Road, with Steven Davies (knee) out for the season, Michael Chopra out of favour and Stephen Dobbie again a doubt after missing Saturday’s game through injury.

- Pool have sold more than a thousand tickets for tonight’s trip to Bolton, and if you haven’t got yours there’s still time.

Fans can pay on the gate from 7pm at turnstile E at the away end of the Reebok Stadium.

Tickets are £25 for adults, £18 for over-65s and £10 for under-18s.