Cod Army net big fish Fergie

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FLEETWOOD Town have signed Blackpool skipper Barry Ferguson on a three-month loan, and he went straight into the side for this afternoon’s first round FA Cup-tie at home to Bromley.

Manager Micky Mellon did not attempt to conceal his delight at the capture, and said Ferguson had taken a pay cut to join Town

He said: “It is not about money – Barry just wants to play football.

“I can’t emphasise that enough, and we are delighted to have a player of his quality at Fleetwood.”

Ferguson, a former Scotland international captain, who had been out of Blackpool’s first team plans, has already galvanised Fleetwood training sessions, according to Mellon, creating an instant impact.

The Fleetwood boss said: “We have had the Joey Barton effect at training, because Barry is so professional in everything that he does.

“If I wasn’t trying to get a player to the club of that calibre, I wouldn’t be doing my job in trying to move the club forward.

“I put names to the chairman – sometimes they fit and other times they don’t.

“This is one occasion where someone has fitted, and I can’t say how grateful I am that Blackpool helped us make this move come about.

“You don’t sign a player of Barry’s ability and proven experience and not put him in the side straightaway.”

Ferguson was allowed to leave the Seasiders after being left out of the side to face Burnley last month.

He held talks with Ian Holloway, who told the midfielder he couldn’t guarantee first team football.

Pool boss Holloway explained: “Our captain doesn’t want to play here anymore, so we’ve had to sort that out.

“We had a call to say that he’s likely to be signed by another club tomorrow.

“We’ve put everything in place that he can go on a free transfer, or sign for another club for an amount of money.

“Fleetwood have shown fantastic ambition.”

Ferguson has been in and out of Pool’s starting 11 this season, making six Championship appearances.

He signed from Birmingham 18 months ago, in a deal worth £750,000.

Blackpool have agreed to release him on a free once the transfer window opens again in January.