BRETT Ormerod is poised to keep his Blackpool love affair going.
The Gazette understands the striker has verbally accepted a new contract offer and will be a Seasider next season.
When he collected a special prize at the end-of-season awards night last week, for becoming the first player to score for Pool in all four divisions, Ormerod was in tears.
The extension option on his contract hadn’t been activated and Ormerod thought his time at Bloomfield Road, which began when he signed from Accrington Stanley in 1997, was about to end.
However, chairman Karl Oyston has held talks with the frontman – urged on by Ian Holloway, who is keen to keep his squad intact – and the pair are believed to have agreed a new deal.
Ormerod scored just once last season – in the 3-1 win over Tottenham in February – but in the promotion-winning Championship campaign he was the second-highest scorer behind Charlie Adam, with 13.
The 34-year-old would be delighted to remain with the Tangerines, describing them as the best club he has ever played for.
He said: “I’ve been involved with a lot of football clubs and met a lot of great people, but I think this is one of the best.
“We’ve had two unbelievable seasons together. We’ve bonded and achieved things no-one ever thought this club would.
“They talk of the golden age of Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen and Jimmy Armfield, and rightly so. Jimmy has deservedly got a stand named after him and a fantastic statue outside the ground. There are some people in this dressing room who might deserve something like that in years to come.
“Every player has a special club and this is mine. I’d love to finish my career here.”
In return, Holloway knows he is going to have a player in his squad who will run all day long and give his best for the team.
The manager said: “I love Brett. He is a cracking lad and someone who every dressing room needs.
“He started his career at Blackpool and I’d like to keep him here. He is an honest hard-working lad, who runs, chases and puts his foot in.
“He always puts a full stint in for the team. That speaks volumes for him and it’s why I would like to keep him if it can be sorted out.”
It is the second time Ormerod’s Blackpool career has been saved. Having played the second half of the 2008-09 campaign under the management of Tony Parkes and Steve Thompson, he was looking for another club when Holloway was appointed Pool boss and demanded the striker be offered a new deal.
In his two spells at the club, Ormerod has scored 80 goals in 175 appearances.