Ince pleased to get games underway

Tom Ince in action against Penrith on Saturday
Tom Ince in action against Penrith on Saturday
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Tom Ince scored one and made one as Blackpool kicked-off their pre-season schedule with a win at Penrith.

The 21-year-old was back in tangerine despite seeing a bid of around £8m accepted for him from Cardiff City.

He’s expected to talk to the Premier League side this week, before making a decision on his future at Bloomfield Road.

Speaking after the game, boss Ince said he was happy with his side’s performance.

“The most important thing was the training exercise,” he said.

“We’ve had two good weeks – one in Portugal – and the lads do get to the stage where they want to get out on the pitch and play some football.

“They did OK. It wasn’t about the result, it was about getting the work ethic in.

Ince fielded a host of trial players during Saturday’s game, including Wycombe defender Charles Dunne.

Pool have already agreed a fee for the highly-rated 20-year-old and have the option to sign him should he have impressed boss Paul Ince enough during his trial period.

Not that having to turn to trial players is something the manager enjoys.

“It’s the worst thing in football, having to go on trial,” Ince revealed.

“I remember going to an England U15’s trial with Gazza, and it was the hardest thing in the world, having to try and impress in just one game.

“All the trialist who played on Saturday did well, but we are a Championship club and shouldn’t be looking at trial players.

“We should be looking at proven players, but the way things are at the moment we have to do that.

“It’s always hard when you’ve got trialists and you’re chopping and changing.

“The second-half was more my team and you could see the difference straight away.

“It was purely about getting the fitness in, getting on the ball and looking after the ball. We’ll get stronger as it goes on.”