No mass exodus at Bloomfield Road

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has revealed offers are on the table in a bid to try and keep the club's star players at Bloomfield Road next season.

David Vaughan is the only player confirmed to be leaving the Seasiders this summer, whilst Charlie Adam looks increasingly likely to depart in the hope of prolonging his stay in the Barclays Premier League.

But Pool are determined not to give up hope of retaining the majority of the playing squad that represented manager Ian Holloway so honourably in the top-flight last year.

Oyston says he has offered improved terms to Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks, and also wants to persuade loan stars Jason Puncheon and Luke Varney to return to the Tangerine Army.

"There is no indication on what they – Crainey and Gilks – will do yet," he confirmed.


"Of course, they are going to get admirers from here, there and everywhere, and all we can do is give them the best offer we can and try to keep ourselves in the loop and try to retain them if we can.

"Ian thinks it is important to try to keep as many of them together as we can because they've done great things here, and I agree with him," Oyston continued.

"So we have gone back to Gilks and Crainey. We've had discussions with both of them, as we did with Vaughan, and made them offers that we hope they won't refuse.

"It is not just them though. At the last count there were seven players – Crainey, Gilks, Vaughan, Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell, Puncheon, Varney – that we may lose but we don't want to.

"None of those issues other than David Vaughan have been resolved at this stage, there is nothing concrete on any of the other ones."

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