Blackpool and Bristol Rovers ‘most serious’ about 25-year-old defender

Ryan Edwards rejection of a new deal at relegated Plymouth Argyle led to speculation linking him with several clubs in the EFL and even mention of interest from Scotland.

It now appears that Bristol Rovers and Blackpool are the leading contenders for his signature after Sun journalist Alan Nixon tweeted they were the ‘most serious about him. As a starter’.

Edwards, who successfully overcame testicular cancer in 2018 and won huge admiration for the way he handled the situation, will be a free agent this summer after announcing he would be leaving Home Park in the wake of the Pilgrims League One relegation earlier this month.

Despite missing the second half of the 2017/18 season due to his cancer diagnosis and surgery, Edwards still played sixty-nine times for Argyle after signing from Morecambe in 2017.

Central defender Edwards has been one of Plymouth’s standout performers in a disappointing campaign and is considered one of the best free agents in the Football League this summer.

He is a commanding presence defensively and can also chip in with goals, netting five times for Argyle in thirty-eight appearances for the Devon outfit in 2018/19.

He has previously been linked with Peterborough and Portsmouth and will surely have several options to consider, but at the moment it appears Blackpool and Bristol Rovers head the queue.


Our View

Tremendous signing for a League One club looking to strengthen their back line and it is no secret Rovers and Blackpool need defensive players.

Portsmouth may be looking to see how the situation with Matt Clarke develops before making a move and Peterborough also need cover after the release of Ryan Tafazolli.

It will be interesting to see how this one ends, but I have a sneaky feeling we may well be seeing Edwards in a Bristol Rovers shirt at the start of next season.

 

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