Pool make another attempt at youth pair

Blackpool's Dom Telford
Blackpool's Dom Telford
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Blackpool are planning one last attempt to persuade top teenage prospects Mark Waddington and Dom Telford to sign contracts at Bloomfield Road.

The youth-team graduates were reinstated into the first-team squad for Saturday’s win over Brighton after a U-turn by chairman Karl Oyston.

Both had last played in the FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa four weeks earlier, and then found themselves barred from first-team training after informing the club they wouldn’t be signing the professional contracts offered at Bloomfield Road.

Pool turned down a deadline-day offer from Brighton for 18-year-old midfielder Waddington while Stoke City made a move for Telford.

The Seasiders held talks with Waddington that day to discuss his future, though it’s believed the club stopped short of making him an improved offer.

Pool remain hopeful both players will be convinced to stay and manager Lee Clark is desperate to continue selecting them.

Clark said: “I’m still hopeful. We are still in talks with them both.

“The chairman is pushing and trying to change their minds in certain ways, I just want them to be part of the group.

“We think they can be good young players for us. We hope we can get an answer.”

Both have made an impact since stepping up to first-team duties after Christmas. Telford scored on his home debut against Rotherham and Waddington was man of the match at Villa.

But Clark warned a decision has to be made soon. He added: “I can’t wait for them forever. I have other targets, so at some point I’ll have to go elsewhere.

“That’s the reality, but if those two sign I don’t need to go elsewhere, which would be ideal.

“I have belief they can do the job for us and the ball is in their court.

“Whether I think the situation is right or wrong, they are in a position where they have a decision to make.”