Fergie: We can go up this year

Barry Ferguson
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Barry Ferguson thinks promotion should be Blackpool’s only aim this season.

Pool kick-off their Championship season this afternoon away at Doncaster after a summer of uncertainty. 14 players have left Bloomfield Road, with so far only four coming in to replace them.

But retaining skipper Ferguson, pictured, Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie acted as a major boost for the club.

Those, along with new signings Bobby Grant, Michael Chopra and Steven Davies gives the former Scotland international hope.

“There’s only one target, and that’s going up,” Ferguson told The Gazette.

“I don’t think you should ever say the aim is to be safe or finish midtable. My target is to go out and win every game. If you go onto a pitch not feeling you can win then there’s no use turning up.

“My belief is we can go straight up and I’d like to the lads feel the same. We have good characters and this club, and that’s exactly what we need.”

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston admitted the club are only half-way through their recruitment. Manager Paul Ince wants at least another four players to arrive.

Ferguson said: “In terms of fitness we are ready.”