Blackpool take up one-year options on Ince and Phillips
Blackpool have taken up an option to extend the deals of Thomas Ince and Matt Phillips for one year, it was announced on Thursday.
The pair had both been rumoured to be moving away from Bloomfield Road, with a host of Premier League clubs reportedly interested in the pair.
Ince was said to be close to sealing a move to Liverpool, where he previously had a youth contract, with Reading also supposedly interested.
He ended the season as the club’s top scorer, netting 18 times in 47 appearances, leading to his manager and father Paul Ince claiming he was worth 25 million pounds.
Phillips asked to leave the club at the start of the season as Premier League side Southampton tabled an offer of five million pounds for the wide-midfielder.
He missed part of the season after breaking a toe, but recovered to score four goals in 35 appearances.
Blackpool, who finished 15th in the English Championship this season, have released 13 out-of-contract players, including Tiago Gomes and former England international striker Kevin Phillips.
Goalkeeper Matt Gilks, Chris Basham and Craig Cathcart all remain at the club, while talks are ongoing with Alex Baptiste, Kirk Broadfoot, Stephen Crainey and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Long-term injury absentees Ian Evatt and Craig Sutherland have been invited back to pre-season and could be offered new deals.
Thu 9 May, 2013