Evatt offered Blackburn chance

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Ian Evatt will be offered the chance to join Blackburn Rovers for pre-season training.

The defender looks set for the Bloomfield Road exit door after eight years at the club.

Manager Paul Ince decided against offering the 31-year-old a new deal after he missed nine months of last season with a knee injury.

Instead, Pool offered him the chance to train on a trial basis to prove his fitness and earn a new deal.

But interest in Evatt is high, and Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer has offered him the chance to train with the Ewood Park club, to prove his fitness and earn a long-term contract.

It’s believed Bowyer knows Evatt from their time working together at Derby County and is keen to add him to his squad. He is among a number of players heading for the door, as Paul Ince plans a summer clear out.

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 Sylvestre, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Neal Eardley and Stephen Crainey remain in doubt, although they have all been offered new contracts.

Captain Alex Baptiste has already agreed to join Bolton Wanderers, while The Gazette revealed earlier this week Barry Ferguson is set to sign a new deal.

It leaves Pool with just 13 players currently contracted to the club, a figure which includes young players such as James Caton, Anderson Banvo and Jake Caprice.

Ince has stated he wants a squad of 25 to work with next season after scrapping Ian Holloway’s development squad at the end of last season.

Evatt hasn’t played since Pool visited Bristol City back in November.

He’s been a huge part of the club since joining from QPR, initially on loan, in August 2006.