Oyston: It’s been anything but quiet this summer

Young keeper Chris Kettings has joined York on a season long loan
Young keeper Chris Kettings has joined York on a season long loan
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Karl Oyston insists it’s been anything but quiet this summer at Bloomfield Road.

With very little news coming out of the club, many Blackpool supporters could be forgiven for thinking the Seasiders are making very little progress.

As yet Pool haven’t made any new signings this summer and none of the out-of-contract players have signed new contracts.

But chairman Oyston insists things are happening behind the scenes.

“It’s been anything but quiet from our point of view when you consider the amount of time and effort we’ve spent speaking to players and agents,” he said.

“We’ve been assessing who we are going to target, and discounting the ones who have unrealistic aspirations.”

“Some of those may be unrealistic now, but as the summer goes on we may revisit them and see if their demands have fallen more in line with where the Championship is heading as a division.”

Blackpool offered seven of their out of contract players new contracts at the end of last season, with only Barry Ferguson looking likely to re-sign at Bloomfield Road.

Alex Baptiste and Ludo Sylvestre have both rejected the deals, while Neal Eardley joined Birmingham. Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stephen Crainey and Kirk Broadfoot are yet to respond. But it’s not something which worries Oyston too much.

He said: “I’m not disappointed, it’s their choice.

“For the sake of their families they have to make sure they are happy being at a club and happy they have the best deal they can. I don’t get offended personally by it, neither should anyone.

“It’s just a job to these lads and anyone who is looking for a new job will try to get the best wages they can.

“This is not just a football thing, the only difference is that football’s business is done under a media spotlight.”

Meanwhile, Young Blackpool keeper Chris Kettings has joined York City on a season long loan.

The 20-year-old is highly rated at Bloomfield Road and was recently rewarded with a new contract.

He’s currently Scotland’s U21 keeper, but has found making the breakthrough with the Seasiders first team tough so far.

Kettings will link-up with Nigel Worthington’s League Two side and is expected to be first choice.

* Blackpool could face Fleetwood Town or Preston in the first round of the Capital Cup.

Pool have been seeded in the draw, which takes place next week, with both of their neighbours in the unseeded group.

The ties will take place in the second week of the new season.