Midfielder back in contention for Pool

Barry Ferguson
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BARRY Ferguson will be in Blackpool’s squad for the home game against Barnsley on Saturday, his 35th birthday.

The club captain hasn’t featured for the Seasiders since the 2-0 home defeat by Charlton in early October.

Having made it clear to previous boss Ian Holloway that he wanted to play every week, the midfielder spent two months on loan at Fleetwood Town before Christmas and was expected to leave Bloomfield Road this month.

However, after talks with chairman Karl Oyston, Ferguson is back in contention.

This was confirmed by caretaker boss Steve Thompson, who said: “Barry was training with the development squad and I’ve moved him back into the first team.

“He has a fantastic attitude. All he ever wanted to do was play football. He’s a quality footballer.

“We either had to put him in the shop window and sell them or use him. It was as simple as that.”

Since returning from an injury-hit spell at Fleetwood, where he made eight appearances, Ferguson has worked hard and is believed to be anxious to play for Pool again.

Thompson added: “I can honestly say he’s not been one bit of trouble for me and I don’t expect him to be.”

Another player who could come in from the cold is Ferguson’s fellow midfielder Elliot Grandin.

The Frenchman has had a number of issues with Pool’s two previous managers and hasn’t featured in Thompson’s four games in charge.

But the caretaker boss said he’d have no worries about using him.

Thompson added: “I can use him, without a doubt. If I want to use Elliot, I’ll use him.

“If I think any player is right and can make an impact, they’ll be in my squad.”