BLACKPOOL will offer former Ireland U21 cap Ben Burgess the chance to play Premier League football next season with a new one-year contract.
Striker Burgess, who was capped four times from 2001-2002, scored eight goals for Blackpool in their promotion-winning season last term, but his contract ran out last month and there were fears that the 28-year-old would be axed from the squad.
But the club have decided to offer Burgess, and team-mate Rob Edwards, a new 12-month deal. "We will be making offers to the two players who were out of contract at the end of last season and whose options weren't exercised," said Blackpool chief Karl Oyston.
Carey on brink of Hoops deal
GRAHAM Carey is poised to sign a new contract with SPL side Celtic within the next week. The 21-year-old has been at Parkhead for five years but has made only one first-team appearance for the Bhoys, in a Europa League tie early last season.
He's spent time on loan to Bohemians and St Mirren and impressed in the SPL with St Mirren last season, scoring three goals in 17 games.
Dubliner Carey is out of contract with Celtic and was unsure of his next move after he was offered a new deal by Neil Lennon. However, Carey has reportedly decided to make one last attempt to break into the side at Celtic next season and will sign a new 12-month contract with the club, having resumed pre-season training at Celtic this week.
- AIDAN FITZMAURICE