Blackpool poised to make move for 29-y/o Championship keeper

Blackpool are on the cusp of adding Preston North End keeper Chris Maxwell to their ranks, as reported by Football Insider.

Simon Grayson’s side are on a horrible run of form that has seen them plummet into the bottom half of the League One table. They lost 1-0 at Lincoln City this weekend, with keeper Mark Howard making one stunning save from Arsenal loanee Tyreece John-Jules, before the same player netted the winner in the second half.

However, Howard is the number two at Bloomfield Road with Jak Alnwick currently out of action for up to three months and Grayson clearly wants to add another number one to his ranks. The 29-year-old is out of contract at Deepdale at the end of the season and is likely to be released.

Grayson, who faced chants of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ at the LNER Stadium, is an admirer of Maxwell. He previously worked with the keeper during his time in charge of Preston, a club the stopper joined from Fleetwood in 2016.

He’s previously represented Wales up to Under 23 level, as well as having played for Wrexham and Fleetwood. His last senior football came in the SPFL during a loan spell with Hibernian.

Our View

Grayson is making a lot of moves this winter, Madine, Bola, Ronan and now Maxwell. They look a side only one or two players away from a top-six finish, but will all this upheaval be their undoing?

They’re struggling for wins, struggling for goals and the fans are slowly turning. After the euphoria of last season and Oyston finally being outed, this has turned into an anti-climax for the Seasiders.

We wonder if a failure to turn things around might cost Grayson come the summer, whoever he has in goal.


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