Gosling welcomes extension talks

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Dan Gosling is more than happy to extend his loan spell at Blackpool until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has caught the eye in Pool’s midfield since joining from Newcastle last month.

He’s started the last four games and had already convinced boss Paul Ince he has a future in the Premier League.

It is believed the two clubs have spoken about the possibility of the loan deal being extended beyond January.

And that seems to appeal to Gosling, who said: “Of course I’d be interested in staying for the rest of the season.

“If the club want me here and Newcastle agree, then I’ll sit down and talk. I just want to keep performing well and keep us high in the table.”

Gosling had been frozen out at St James’ Park, making only eight appearances last season and two this term in the Capital One Cup.

But he has already played five times for the Seasiders and feels he’s finally getting back into the swing of things.

Gosling said: “It’s a nice feeling to walk out and get 90 minutes football every week. I just have to make sure I can keep my position in the team.

“I feel I’m getting better each week, though Saturday’s result against Ipswich was disappointing. I don’t think we deserved to win, though.

“It’s the first time since I’ve been here that we haven’t played well, and in this league you have to be at it every week.If you aren’t you get punished, and that’s exactly what happened at the weekend.”

The midfielder’s arrival couldn’t have come at a better time, with a host of injuries in the middle of the park.

And Gosling is looking forward to the return of Barry Ferguson, adding: “I haven’t played with Fergie before but the lads say he’s a top player.

“He’s a great pro and a leader on the pitch, so I’m looking forward to playing alongside him. There are a few lads injured, so I think the international break has come at a good time for us.

“In the next couple of weeks we will have a few lads coming back, so we’ll have a big squad.”

Blackpool are also looking forward to the return of manager Ince. Gosling only featured in one game before the Pool boss was hit with his five-match stadium ban.

The midfielder added: “I think we’ve done all right with (Ince’s assistants) Alex (Rae) and Thommo (Steve Thompson) on the sideline. We’ve picked up a lot of points but it will be good to have him back.

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t hold on for the win against Blackburn or for the point last weekend. But we’ve made a good start and hopefully we can maintain it.”

Blackpool’s Thomas Ince and Jack Robinson are in the England U21 squad to face Finland tonight in a European Championship qualifier at MK Dons.