Ince makes first Pool signing

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PAUL Ince has made his first signing as Blackpool boss but his search for a targetman goes on.

Central defender Gary MacKenzie has joined the Seasiders on loan from MK Dons for the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old has managed only 11 League One appearances this season but started Tuesday’s draw with Portsmouth. He comes straight into the Seasiders’ squad for today’s crunch home clash with Bristol City.

Ince agreed to sign MacKenzie for the Dons at the end of the 2009/2010, shortly before ending his second stint as manager.

The Scot had spent the previous four years at Dundee, where current Pool coach Alex Rae was his player-manager.

Ince is pleased to have signed Mackenzie, who started his career at Rangers, as his striker quest continues.

The Pool boss said: “You want to give your players here a chance but we need a targetman.

“We are always looking at strengthening and always looking to bring in new faces, just to lift the place. We are working hard to come up with one or two signings.”

Ince is expected to make a couple of changes for today’s clash with Bristol City, with Chris Basham and Isaiah Osbourne both set to miss out through injury.

And while Ince is keen on a settled side, he says he’s not afraid of making changes.

He added; “We obviously want to develop a settled side, but sometimes we might have to introduce a flair player if we want to go on and win games.

“I’d like to keep a nucleus of the side. I don’t want to chop and change too much. “But, depending on the opposition, we might change things.”

Pool sit just six points away from the relegation zone and Ince added: “Blackpool have only won 10 games all season.

“People keep talking about the play-offs, but if you’ve only won 10 games all season you aren’t going to make the play-offs.

“We are under no illusions about what a tough job this is here.”