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Ferguson: Youngsters Are Ready

16 April 2014

No Qualms About Utilising Youth Players

Barry Ferguson says he'd have no qualms about throwing some of Blackpool's youth players into Championship fixtures.

Connor Hunt, Harrison McGahey and Mark Waddington were all offered professional deals with the club yesterday after impressing in first-team training.

McGahey and Waddington have both been named on the bench this season, although neither player has come on to make an appearance.

A Blackpool debut isn't too far off though, with Ferguson suitably impressed with their performances in training matches at Squires Gate.

"They're ready, they've been ready for for the last four, five, six weeks," he admitted. "Ideally I'd have liked them to come in at a different stage where we were safe and you can just gel them in lightly and let them enjoy it. I wouldn't have any doubts about putting any of them in.

"They're three boys that I think highly of and so does Richie. I would like them to remain here because I see them as big players for Blackpool in the future."

Whether any feature in the next few matches is unclear, although injuries may see them thrust into action at some stage.

Both Kirk Broadfoot and Ricardo Fuller remain on the sidelines for Friday's game against Burnley, but Ferguson is fit enough to continue picking himself.

"Kirk has no chance and it doesn't look like Ricardo will be back in time either. I never trained on Monday or Tuesday but I trained today. Things are all right," he added.

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