Midfielder Puts Pen To Paper On A New One-Year Contract
Barry Ferguson has signed a new one-year contract with The Seasiders with the option of a further year.
The 35-year-old will embark on his third season at Bloomfield Road when the campaign gets underway on 3 August and is looking forward to getting back to work with Paul Ince.
The midfielder had a short spell on-loan at Fleetwood last season, but fears that his Blackpool career could be over were put to bed when Ince took over as he missed just one game under the new manager, due to suspension.
“I’m delighted to have signed,” Ferguson told the Official Website.
“I’ve signed a one-year deal and I will just take it year by year now.”
A few rumours circulated that Ferguson may well have retired at the end of last season, but in the end the decision was made easy for the former-Scottish international.
“I did consider it (retirement) to be honest when I went on loan to Fleetwood. It had crossed my mind, but my decision was made when Paul Ince came in to be honest as he put me straight back in to the side.
“My decision was never going to be to do with fitness, it was just a case of getting to that age.
“I wanted to go out at the highest possible level and The Championship is still a high level for me.”
Ferguson will join up with the rest of the players at the end of this week as pre-season training starts ahead of the new campaign, which kicks off on 3 August and is looking forward to pulling on the tangerine shirt again.
“I’m not looking any further than getting back and playing for Blackpool. 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,” added Ferguson.
Tom Barkhuizen and Adam Dodd have also put pen to paper on new deals with The Seasiders, signing one-year deals with the option of a further year.