Talks start on new Pool contracts

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Talks have begun to decide just who will be offered a new deal at Bloomfield Road

Blackpool have 36 players out of contract at the end of the season although many have options which would see their stay extended for another year.

With the Seasiders all but safe on 55 points in the Championship, manager Paul Ince has sat down with Chairman Karl Oyston to discuss what to offer which players, and when to move.

And it’s a process he wants to start soon.

“I’ve had a couple of discussions,” Ince revealed.

“Not so much with the 
players – as if you talk to two or three players then the others will wonder why I’ve not spoken to them.

“But I’ve sat down with the chairman and spoken about what I’d like to do and when we intend to call the players in.

“Three or four weeks ago we couldn’t have dreamt of talking about these things, but now we can, a little.”

Blackpool travel to Brighton tomorrow knowing a point from any of their last three games would secure their place in the Championship next season.

They’ve been in good form since Ince’s arrival, and it’s a squad he’d very much like to keep together.

He said: “It’s going to be a rebuild, but it’s not a major one.

“When I look at the core of the team, I’m very happy.

“Since I’ve been here we should have beaten Forest, we beat Crystal Palace, we beat Watford.

“It won’t be a major operation on the team, but we want to move forward.

“There’s at least four or five players I want to bring in.

“But I’m more than happy with what I’ve got here.”

While most will be happy to stay at Blackpool, there are a few players who will have 
offers from clubs and may see their future elsewhere.

Ince hopes he can keep them, but is open minded if they feel their futures lie elsewhere.

“I’m ambitious, I want to go forward and change the whole ethos of the club,” said Ince.

“If the players see that then they’ll want to stay at the club.

“If they want to leave, then for the ones who are out of contract I can’t really do much about that.

“If those players don’t believe we are moving in the right direction, then I can’t stop them leaving.

“But what I can do is replace them with players who do believe.

“I want players who will have ambitions at this club.”

The Seasiders may only have two away games left this season, but both promise to come with large followings from the Fylde coast.

Less than 20 tickets remain for tomorrow’s trip to Brighton, while more than 1000 have already been snapped up for the final day clash at Bolton Wanderers.

Pool supporters have until 4pm today to secure their space for Brighton, after then NO tickets will be available with pay on the day not an option.

Meanwhile, Pool are set to take more than 2,000 fans to Bolton on Saturday 4 May.

Tickets have been on sale to season ticket holders all this week, and will be opened up to members on Monday before going on general sale from Tuesday morning.