Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer revealed that defender Tom Aldred will determine his own future. He has been offered a new contract to remain at Bloomfield Road, but two rival clubs are said to have tabled deals as well.

The 26-year-old made 47 league appearances for the Tangerines last season as they secured promotion out of Sky Bet League Two via the play-offs. Blackpool are still hoping to be able to call upon Aldred for their return to Sky Bet League One, but Bowyer is still waiting.

When asked if Aldred had left the club, Bowyer stated that he was still officially on the books but are awaiting a response,

“No not yet…not officially.

“We put a contract offer to him, so we’re just waiting to see if he’s going to come back.

“We’d love him back – of course we would, the warrior that he is. But he’s in a situation with his contract and he’s exercising those rights at this moment in time. It’s down to him but we want him to stay.

“With the level of his performance last year, there are bound to be clubs interested in him.”

Bowyer is therefore understanding that other players want a player such as Aldred, but remains hopeful that he’ll stay with them. Goalkeeper Sam Slocombe is another to be offered an extension but he is one that Bowyer is almost certain will be moving on. Midfielder Brad Potts has been linked with a move into a higher league but former Blackburn Rovers manager Bowyer is aware of speculation, but just speculation.

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