Ince wants son Tom to stay at Blackpool

Tom Ince is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs
Tom Ince is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs
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Blackpool manager Paul Ince wants to see his son Thomas back in a Seasiders shirt next season.

The winger is one of the hottest properties outside of the Premier League after his 18 goals for the Seasiders caught the headlines last season.

Liverpool, Swansea and Reading all had bids turned down for the 21-year-old in January, with clubs already eyeing up a summer move for the star.

Pool activated an option in Ince’s contract last month which means he’s tied to the club until next summer.

Many expect him to be the subject of offers from the Premier League, but his father hopes he can once again call upon his services.

“I hope we’ve not seen the last of Thomas in a tangerine shirt,” said manager Ince.

“He’s one of the situations we’ll be addressing.

“He will move on and be a top, top player in the Premier League.

“I just hope it’s not this summer he moves.”

Ince is currently away with England’s U21 side as they prepare for the European Championships in Israel.

It’s not ideal for a player who was desperate for a rest after a tough first full season in senior football.

But Ince is proud of his son’s progress.

He said: “I think he’s been outstanding for the club.

“The last six or seven games have taken there toll on Thomas, but you expect that, he’s only a kid.

“He’s played every game for Blackpool, and for England.

“He looks tired and you can see that.

“But we should be pleased to have seen a kid come here and do so well.

“He’s been a joy to watch him.

“To have so much pressure on his shoulders, as a young kid, you can’t under estimate.

“The 18 goals he scored this season kept Blackpool in the Championship.

“When we needed those goals, he always delivered.

“I’m not just saying that because he’s my son. When you look at his goals and assists, he’s done brilliantly.

“It’s a team game, but we haven’t had anyone else who has consistently put the ball in the goal.

“He’s been fantastic.”