DAVID Vaughan has admitted a major reason for wanting to stay in the Premier League is to ensure his international career doesn’t stall.
Vaughan’s emergence as a regular starter for Wales coincided with the Seasiders’ rise to the top flight.
And it’s one of the reasons he decided not to sign a new deal at Bloomfield Road – he wants to stay in the Premier League to ensure his success with the national team continues.
Born in Abergele, Vaughan is a proud Welshman and loves playing for his country. He has won eight of his 25 Wales caps in the last year.
“The last 12 months I have played more regularly for Wales,” he said.
“That has been good and if I want to continue that, I have to be playing as high as I can on a weekly basis.”
Vaughan, who has started five of the last seven Wales internationals, faces tough competition to remain in Gary Speed’s midfield.
Vaughan is up against captain Aaron Ramsey, Jack Collison, Joe Ledley, David Edwards, Joe Allen and Andy King for a place in the centre of Wales’ midfield.
He believes staying in the top flight will help him keep his place – and it is why he declined a lucrative offer from Blackpool earlier in the week and decided instead to go elsewhere.
Vaughan is on holiday and will take his time before making a decision about where to go next, with Sunderland or West Brom his likely destination.
“I enjoyed my first season in the Premier League,” added the 28-year-old.
“It was something new to me and I enjoyed playing against some of the best players in the world and that is something I want to continue next season.
“A couple of clubs have shown an interest.”