Four set for Pool debuts

David Goodwillie and Andy Halliday at Bloomfield Road
David Goodwillie and Andy Halliday at Bloomfield Road
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Blackpool will hand debuts to four new faces for the visit of Doncaster this afternoon.

Stand-in boss Barry Ferguson has wasted no time in adding to his depleted squad and all are expected to play some part today.

On top of David Perkins who joined last week, striker David Goodwillie, right-back Tony McMahon and winger Andy Halliday will all be wearing tangerine for the first time today.

Goodwillie, 24, is a long-term target of Pool and spent the first half of the season on loan with Dundee United.

He scored six times in 22 appearances and is looking forward to getting started at Bloomfield Road. “I’m thankful for the opportunity,” he said. “It is a great platform to kick-start and get back playing games.

“I would have travelled miles just to get a game. Hopefully I’ll score as many goals as I can. A lot of the lads are in the same boat, having only been here a few days, so it will take time to gel but hopefully it can click on Saturday.

“I get on well with Gilo (goalkeeper Matt Gilks). He is a great lad. I spoke to him before I joined and it felt the right place at the right time.

“Hopefully I’ll be involved at some stage on Saturday and I’ll get off the mark.”

It was a busy afternoon at Bloomfield Road, with three arriving and two going through the exit door.

Bob Harris joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season, while young keeper Chris Kettings joined Hyde.

The signings will offer a huge boost to Ferguson, particularly in finally signing a right-back.

Pool have been forced to field a number of players in the problem position this season, but McMahon will finally fill the gap. The 27-year-old has joined from Sheffield United on a month’s loan.

It’s his second spell at Bloomfield Road, having played two games back in 2007 on loan from Middlesbrough.