The five clubs Blackpool face competition from in the battle to sign ex-Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City and Watford man

George Byers has become a free agent (Photographer Lee Parker / CameraSport)George Byers has become a free agent (Photographer Lee Parker / CameraSport)
George Byers has become a free agent (Photographer Lee Parker / CameraSport)
Blackpool target George Byers will be a man in demand this summer after becoming a free agent following his departure from Sheffield Wednesday.

The midfielder enjoyed a successful stint on loan at Bloomfield Road during the second half of the most-recent season, and will be no doubt someone the Seasiders will be looking at to boost their squad options.

Byers started his career with Watford before joining Swansea City, where he made 65 appearances in five years, before his move to Hillsborough in 2021.

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During his time in South Yorkshire he scored 14 times in 78 outings, and was part of the Owls squad that won promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs.

Blackpool aren’t the only club that will be looking at Byers this summer, with a number of other sides linked with the 28-year-old.

Here’s some of the teams the Seasiders face competition from:

Birmingham City

Recently relegated Birmingham City are among the clubs that are said to be interested in Byers according to the Sheffield Star.

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The Blues will be looking to quickly bounce back to the Championship in what will be their first taste of life in England’s third tier since the 1994/95 season.

Chris Davies has been appointed manager following Tony Mowbray’s departure.

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town are also back in League One after their relegation from the Championship, with former Barnsley boss Michael Duff taking over at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Terriers know what it takes to get out of the division, but have yet to bring in any new recruits this summer.

Rotherham United

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Rotherham United are the other relegated team from the Championship, and have wasted no time in bolstering their squad under the returning Steve Evans.

Jonson Clarke-Harris, Shaun McWilliams, Joe Rafferty, Reece James, Sean Raggett, Joe Powell and Liam Kelly have all put pen to paper at the New York Stadium, with the Millers certainly putting themselves in a strong position.

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Bolton Wanderers

Bolton will still be reeling from their 2-0 defeat in last month’s League One play-off final. The pressure will certainly be on ex-Blackpool defender Ian Evatt next season, and there’s no doubt the Trotters will make a major push to go up after just missing out on the automatic places last time around.

Oxford United

Oxford United are the team that beat Bolton to claim a place in the Championship. They will be looking to add some experience to their ranks to compete in the second tier of England football, with Byers having 79 appearances under his belt at that level.

What Blackpool need to do to secure Byers services

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Byers is attracting interest from teams either in the Championship or that will be battling at the top end of League One.

For Blackpool to secure his services they will no doubt have to prove that they’re serious contenders to compete for promotion. The midfielder has recently had a taste of the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday, and like any player he will want to experience England’s second tier again in the near future.

Perhaps David Downes’ involvement as sporting director at Bloomfield Road could give the Seasiders a boost due to the Sheffield Wednesday connection, while the fact he has already had a taste of life in Tangerine may also be a factor.

There’s plenty of things going in Blackpool’s favour in this battle that could give them the edge if they are able to match the offers from others in terms of on and off the pitch.

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