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Blackpool midfielder signs one-year contract extension

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Ferguson is a former Scotland international (©GettyImages)
Ferguson is a former Scotland international (©GettyImages).

Blackpool midfielder Barry Ferguson has signed a new one-year contract extension that will see him stay at Bloomfield Road until the summer of 2014. 

The 5ft 10in midfielder has extended his stay with the Tangerines after a loan spell with Micky Mellon's Fleetwood Town in League 2.

And it seems that Blackpool boss Paul Ince was impressed with the Scotland international's work at Fleetword, and has since offered the former Birmingham midfielder a new deal. 

The former Scotland captain began his career at Rangers in 1996, spending seven years with the club he supported as a child, before leaving for Blackburn Rovers in 2003.

Ferguson made 36 appearances for the Lancashire side before returning to Scotland and spending a further four years with Rangers. Chris Hughton then signed the midfielder at Birmingham before a move to Blackpool two years later.

And, while speaking to reporters, Ferguson expressed his delight with the new deal, but also admitted that he had considered retirement after his spell with Fleetwood. 

"I did consider it (retirement)," Ferguson told Blackpool's website. "But my decision was made when Paul Ince came in. To be honest as he put me straight back in the side. I wanted to go out at the highest possible level and the Championship is still a high level for me."

And Ferguson has stated that he can now see himself playing for another one or two years. 

"I'm not looking any further than getting back and playing for Blackpool," he added. "I'm feeling as fit as I've been and I think I proved that to people in the last 13 games that I can still play at that level.

"I'm 35-and-a-half now, but I don't see any reason why I can't play another year or two."

 

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