Pool eyeing long deal for Maher

Blackpool's Niall Maher
Blackpool's Niall Maher
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Blackpool are in talks to extend a loan deal for Niall Maher and have hinted at a permanent move writes WILLIAM WATT.

The 19-year-old has made two substitute appearances for the Seasiders and is due to head back to parent club Bolton after Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

After making his debut in the 7-2 hammering at Watford the full-back did well coming on against Middlesbrough at Bloomfield Road.

And he’s already done enough to impress manager Lee Clark.

“I think he showed his quality and we believe he can be a good player,” he said.

“We are in conversation with Bolton at this moment in time to make that until the end of the season.

“I think there’s an opportunity coming up for him to start some games.”

Maher has another year left on his contract at Bolton but with first team opportunities limited could be available in the summer.

And Clark suggests the young defender could be a player he’s interested in keeping at Bloomfield Road for the long term.

He said: “He has time on his contract left at Bolton but he’s a player that we would like to try and keep.

“That dialogue will have to come with Bolton first and that will happen in the next few weeks.”