Gary Bowyer calls on Blackpool's out-of-contract players to make up their minds

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer says that  in an ideal world he’d have an answer from Blackpool’s five out-of-contract players by the end of the week.

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The Pool manager has wasted no time in strengthening his squad ahead of the 2018-19 season, bringing in six new players.

But while Kelvin Mellor, Dolly Menga, Clark Robertson, Jay Spearing and Kyle Vassell continue to weigh up their options, Bowyer admits it is difficult to press ahead with other potential new additions.

Bowyer, who revealed the club is close to sealing a deal for an experienced goalkeeper, says he would like to discover the plans of those five players sooner rather than later; otherwise he could risk missing out on potential targets.

He told The Gazette: “We’re not finished yet. We’ve got to get a few more in.

“There are a couple of things bubbling along – a potential new number one goalkeeper with a lot of experience who we’re trying to get.

“But obviously everything comes down to the finances with every deal, so we’re working very hard.

“The impact of the new chief scout Pete Glover has been brilliant and hopefully we can get a few more done this week.

“I don’t think it is a case of getting a certain number of players – it’s about the quality.

“That’s exactly what we’re trying to do this season – get more quality in rather than the numbers.

“We’re just waiting on Clark Robertson, Kyle Vassell and Kelvin Mellor before we actually go any further in those areas. We’ll see where that brings us.

“It’s difficult because I’d love all three to stay.

“The performances they’ve produced over the two years with me have been brilliant.

“It would be brilliant for me to get them to sign for another year or two but I understand the level of their performances attracts attention.

“In an ideal world, by the end of this week I’d certainly like to know where they’re going or what they’re doing because I don’t want to be missing out on targets I’ve put in place to replace them.

“We’re also waiting on Jay Spearing. Hopefully we get an answer in the next couple of days but he got married at the weekend, so we wish him all the best with that.

“We’d love it if he could put pen to paper.”

Blackpool also confirmed they were in discussions with Menga, whose contract also comes to an end this summer.

Striker Jamille Matt has agreed a two-year deal with League Two Newport County following his release by Blackpool.

The 28-year-old had spent the whole of his second season as a Pool player on loan at Grimsby Town.

He had spent three and a half years with Fleetwood Town before moving down the coast to Bloomfield Road.