Blackpool cancel tour after being left with only eight players

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Blackpool have been forced to cancel their pre-season tour of La Manga due to a lack of first team players.

The Championship side only have eight contracted first team players after 27 players left the club this summer.

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The Tangerines where supposed to play two fixtures as part of warm weather training but the club have chosen to stay at home and concentrate on player recruitment - a sensible decision considering the side currently don't have a goalkeeper on their books.

Chairman Karl Oysten told the clubs website: "The manager has taken the decision - and I agree with the decision - to cancel the pre-season tour so that our time is better served to try and get some of the player deals that we've been trying to get over the line for some time."


Oysten also added: "Our time will be far better spent preparing here than going over to Spain. I've spoken with the chairmen of the supporters' association, as I do with most things, about the decision because certain people no doubt booked to go across and follow the two games. We'll look to fairly deal with that issue. 

According to the Blackpool website the only players they have registered to the squad are defenders Gary MacKenzie, Tony McMahon and Charles Dunne, the midfielder David Perkins and the forwards Steven Davies, Bobby Grant, Sergei Zenjov and Tom Barkhuizen.


Manager, Jose Riga, took over in June on a one-year rolling contract and will want to improve on last season's poor display when the side managed to avoid relegation by just two points.

The Seasiders will begin their Championship campaign on 9th August aginst Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. 

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