Blackpool make fresh bid to keep Dom Telford and Mark Waddington

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Blackpool have made a fresh bid to keep their highly-rated youngsters as the saga to keep Dom Telford and Mark Waddington continues.

Telford and Waddington have been with Blackpool since they were eight years old and there is a sense of real pride for Blackpool fans when the pair of them don the tangerine shirt and take to the field, as they are one of their own.

However, the way talks have been going they are likely to lose the teenage pair in similar circumstances to former youth prospect Harrison McGahey who left for Sheffield United on a free. 

Nurturing youth

Waddington and Telford have been in and around the senior team since Paul Ince was in charge of the Seasiders as he saw the huge potential they both possessed.

Waddington was thrown into the dragons' den against Middlesbrough as he made the bench despite playing 45 minutes in a youth game in the morning, which was a hugely controversial and embarrassing for Blackpool.

Blackpool's next manger Barry Ferguson insisted that Waddington and Telford were involved again with the senior side as they could be seen around Bloomfield Road and in the dressing room on match day.

The pair were again thrown into the dragons' den as Jose Riga named them in his side for the opener this season against Nottingham Forest as Blackpool did not have enough players due to failings in the transfer market and failing to finalise paperwork to allow several players to play.

Finally, Lee Clark was the manager to fully embed the youngsters as he follows the policy of 'if you are good enough, you are old enough'.

Telford came off the bench to score on his Bloomfield Road debut against Rotherham and rescue a point for the Seasiders. However, with Blackpool fans rejoicing at the talent they were seeing, Karl Oyston quickly changed the mood with a below average wage for the pair which has left Lee Clark in limbo.


After talks broke down between the chairman and the youth pair, rumours have it that they were sent home from training and manager Lee Clark was not allowed to choose them for the next match despite more than impressive performances against Rotherham and Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

Blackpool suffered a 7-2 defeat to Watford during the pairs suspension from the senior squad. However, against Brighton, Dom Telford was selected to partner Steve Davies up front and Mark Waddington was named on the bench but came on to help influence Blackpool claiming all three points. 

Clark can't wait forever

Lee Clark told the Blackpool Gazette: “I’m still hopeful. We are still in talks with them both.

“The chairman is pushing and trying to change their minds in certain ways, I just want them to be part of the group.

“We think they can be good young players for us. We hope we can get an answer.”

Despite this optimism, he has stated that he cannot wait forever for the extremely talented youngsters who have been linked with clubs such as Hull, Stoke City and Brighton recent weeks. Blackpool even rejected a deadline day bid for midfielder Waddington.

“I can’t wait for them forever. I have other targets, so at some point I’ll have to go elsewhere," Clark added. “That’s the reality, but if those two sign I don’t need to go elsewhere, which would be ideal.

“I have belief they can do the job for us and the ball is in their court.

“Whether I think the situation is right or wrong, they are in a position where they have a decision to make.”

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