Blackpool may have only secured promotion from League One a week ago, but it already seems as though preparations are being put into place at Bloomfield Road for next season.
Last Sunday’s play-off final victory over Lincoln City means that the Seasiders will end a six-year wait for Championship football next season.
As a result, there could now be some significant changes to the playing squad this summer, as Blackpool look to put together a squad that is capable of competing in the second-tier during the 2021/22 campaign.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look here, at some of the biggest Blackpool transfer stories to have emerged over the course of the past few days.
Turton heads for Huddersfield
One player who has already found a new club following his departure from Bloomfield Road this summer, is Ollie Turton.
The right-back – who had been Blackpool’s longest-serving player – made 165 appearances in all competitions for the club, who confirmed in their end of season retained list that they had offered the defender a new deal with his contract expiring this summer, but that the 28-year-old had agreed terms with another club.
That was subsequently revealed to be Blackpool’s new Championship rivals Huddersfield Town, with the Terriers announcing that Turton has put pen to paper on a two-year deal that will keep him at The John Smith’s Stadium until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Garrity sold to Port Vale
Another player who has already found a new club to join from Blackpool this summer, is midfielder Ben Garrity.
The 24-year-old joined Blackpool from non-league Warrington in January 2020, and failed to make an appearance for the Seasiders, although he did feature 38 times on-loan at League Two Oldham last season.
Now, Garrity is set to remain in the fourth-tier long term, after it was confirmed that the midfielder has now joined Port Vale for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal to keep him at Vale Park until the summer of 2023.
Simms set for new Everton deal
Someone whose future Blackpool will no doubt be taking a keen interest in this summer, is striker Ellis Simms.
The 20-year-old scored ten goals in 24 appearances on loan at Bloomfield Road from Everton during the second half of last season, and although he did agonisingly miss the play-off final win through injury, you imagine Blackpool would be keen to bring him back to the club if possible.
Now it seems as though Simms’ parent club have also been impressed by his exploits on the seaside, with the Liverpool Echo revealing that the striker – who has a year remaining on his current Everton contract – is set to be offered a new long-term contract by the Toffees, and could then be loaned out again for next season.