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Bowyer: More To Do

Manager Set To Continue Squad Rebuild

10 July 2018

Gary Bowyer says his squad rebuild at Blackpool will continue in the weeks ahead following the arrival of 10 new additions.

The manager has been active in the summer window following the departures of Kyle Vassell and Clark Robertson to Championship side Rotherham United, while Colin Daniel and several loan players also signed off at the end of the previous campaign.

“It’s been more of a rebuild because of the players that we’ve lost but wanted to keep. In certain areas we've had to rebuild. Then you consider the impact that the loan players had last season for us,” the manager said.

“We’re still nowhere near complete yet and it’s about trying to compete with all the other teams in our league for the right types.”

In terms of the business already concluded, the manager has been pleased with how the new faces have integrated.

“Harry Pritchard and Michael Nottingham have settled in brilliantly, and you can see that they are hungry to succeed. It’s the first time they’ve been full-time, professional footballers and they’re enjoying that at the moment and showing really promising signs,” he insisted.

“Mark Howard’s experience is massive for us in what could be a young back four again, and then we’ve got others who have shown a great deal of potential.”

Currently away on a pre-season training camp in Scotland, the only downside from a player point of view is an injury sustained by Rowan Roache. The young forward is set to miss the next three months with a fractured metatarsal.

“We’re gutted and disappointed for him and for us. He still doesn’t know quite how he did it – maybe it was the hard pitches with the weather as it is – but he’s had an operation on Monday to repair the bone and he feels it has gone well. He’s now got a period in the gym where he can make himself stronger for his return,” the manager added.

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