Gary Bowyer says recent arrival Jay Spearing is in contention to make his Blackpool debut against Walsall on Saturday.
The midfielder, who had been without a club since leaving Bolton Wanderers in the summer, has trained with his new team-mates for three weeks now and had previously done plenty of fitness work alone.
“When he first arrived, you couldn’t tell that he’d only just joined in training. He’s kept himself fit and was ready to go in at Championship level. We’ve benefitted from that and hopefully now he comes into contention for Saturday,” the manager confirmed.
The addition of Spearing is one that Bowyer feels is a real coup for the club, especially when you consider his past experiences with Liverpool, Blackburn and Bolton.
“In my opinion, he’s a Championship player and for us to have got him, and on the deal we’ve got him on, is a credit to the player and the football club,” he said.
“He’s going to bring us a wealth of experience and the quality he possesses is phenomenal. It’s given everybody a boost.”
While the news of Spearing staying permanently has been welcomed with open arms, a major blow on the training ground has seen Mark Cullen ruled out of action for another couple of months.
The striker, who had previously been nursing a hamstring problem, aggravated the problem on his return to training and has since had surgery to rectify the issue.
“He’s now had an operation on it so he’s going to be missing for a month or two. It’s a blow for us, but we’ll do everything we can to support him. We wish him a speedy recovery and will give him as long as he needs,” Bowyer added.