Legear told he can leave without kicking a ball

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Jonathan Legear has been told he can leave Blackpool without having kicked a ball for the club.

The winger was brought to Bloomfield Road for trials by fellow Belgian Jose Riga and signed for the Seasiders in October, 24 hours before Lee Clark took over as manager.

Legear arrived with a good pedigree, having made a name for himself in European football with Anderlecht and Terek Grozny.

But after watching him in two behind-closed-doors games, Clark has informed the 27-year-old his future lies elsewhere.

Clark said: “He is someone who was signed before I got here and he’s someone who requires a lot of work on the fitness side.

“He’s a player who has been told he can leave. There’s a group of them who have been told that and he’s one.

“Unfortunately his contract was signed 24 hours before I arrived at the club, so there was nothing I could do.

“Jonathan is a big boy and he understands the situation. In January he’ll be looking for a new club.

“That doesn’t mean he goes by the wayside while he’s here. He has shown that he works hard.”

Legear is one of seven players who have been made available for transfer and train separately from the rest of the first-team squad.

The others whose future would appear to lie elsewhere are Andre Blackman, Joel Dielna, Formose Mendy, Joan and Edu Oriol and Jeffrey Rentmeister.

Clark added: “We can’t work with this side squad. It’s not like we have an Under-21 team and need a big squad.

“You want a decent working number of players. At the moment, if we are having an 11 v 11 game we have nine players left over!

“That’s not great, so it’s important we move some of these players on.

“I hope they all go on and make good careers for themselves. It’s nothing personal.”

Striker Sergei Zenjov was allowed to return home to Estonia last week after an agreement was reached to terminate his contract.

And Clark hasn’t ruled out a similar arrangement for other members of the squad.

He explained: “Terminations have to be a three-way thing between myself, the club and the player.

“Ideally, if players aren’t part of my plans it would be great to be able to get rid of them and use the funds elsewhere.

“But that’s not the case. People have contracts and we have to stick to that.

“If a manager decides a player isn’t part of his plans, they have every right to sit and pick up their money.”