Vaughan’s future depends on survival

David Vaughan
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DAVID Vaughan admits he will not decide whether to stay at Blackpool until he knows which division they will be in next season.

But for the time being, the 28-year-old says he is thinking only of playing well and ensuring the Seasiders stay in the Premier League.

Midfielder Vaughan, one of the stand-out performers this season, will be a free agent at the end of the campaign and is yet to sign a new contract.

The Wales international said: “I will think about my future in the summer.

“Obviously it depends which league we are going to be in next season. That will be a big factor in my decision.

“I will see what options are available, and I’ll sit down with the gaffer, my family and everyone who is important and see what is best for me.”

Vaughan has a sell-out Euro 2012 qualifier against England on Saturday week to look forward to, but before then there is the small matter of this weekend’s Lancashire derby at Blackburn.

Both clubs are desperate for the points to keep out of the drop zone and Vaughan can’t wait to do battle.

“It should be a cracking game,” he said. “Blackburn are struggling for form – like we are, I suppose – but it is a local derby. There will be a bit of extra spice and hopefully we can get the three points.

“All we have to focus on is claiming two or three wins to get us safe. If we lose on Saturday, so be it. There will be no need to panic – we will simply go to Fulham for the next game trying to win that one.”

After a sensational first half-season, Pool have won only two of their 12 Premier League fixtures since the turn of the year.

Vaughan added: “Results in 2011 have definitely been disappointing. I’m not too sure why we aren’t winning as many but I think teams are recognising our strengths and trying to stop us.

“We’ve not had much luck recently either, though we had been fortunate in other games and that tends to even itself out.

“We need a bit more belief in ourselves because it can be hard to keep your head up in a bad run.”