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Blackpool targets 23-year-old in swoop.

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According to a Real EFL source, Blackpool is one of the clubs interested in signing Cheltenham Town defender William Ferry.

Ferry, 23, has been offered new terms at Whaddon Road, but he is understood to be searching for a move that will keep him in League One or above. The former Southampton youngster has been a standout player for the Robins over the last two seasons, and he is expected to leave in the summer.

Blackpool almost missed out on a play-off position, pushing their promotion bid until the last day of the season. However, 11 players have been released this summer as Neil Critchley looks to rebuild his squad and improve next season.

Ferry now appears to be on that list. However, like with most transfers, there are numerous moving components. Hayden Coulson, who had been on loan at Blackpool, has returned to his parent club, leaving Andy Lyons as the left wing-back option. However, Coulson took up the position after signing in January, and the Middlesbrough player might be on his way to a permanent move.

If that doesn’t work out, Ferry would be an appealing free agent alternative, though he would still have to pay a fee because he is under the age of 24. Blackpool may need to act quickly, as numerous clubs in League One and the lower part of the Championship are said to be interested in his talents.

Ferry began his career with Southampton but was unable to make the grade at St Mary’s. He had a loan spell with Crawley Town in 2021/22 before joining Cheltenham on a free transfer for their first season in League One the following year. Last season, he remained in Gloucestershire and made 75 League One appearances, 60 of which were starts.

The Ireland Under 21 international has played an important role for Darrell Clarke’s side, scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Port Vale in February.

Writer’s View

If Ferry declines his Cheltenham offer, he will undoubtedly be in high demand this summer. He’s an advanced full-back who can play in a four-man formation but thrives farther forward. That suits Blackpool’s formation, and while a deal isn’t imminent, he is on the club’s radar.

Of course, there are several other clubs interested in the Bury-born defender, but geography may be a concern. After seven years away from the northwest, relocating closer to ‘home’ may seem appealing. There’s still a lot to happen, and as with any trade, things can change, but it’s no surprise that Ferry is on the radar of League One’s bigger clubs.

Indeed, Cheltenham’s attempts to keep him appear hopeless, and it’s probable that their contract offer was intended to safeguard their investment and generate a fee rather than to express a genuine belief that the player would stay.

 

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