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Former Derby County and Leicester City defender Zak Whitbread has rejected a contract offer from Sky Bet League One side Blackpool, according to the Blackpool Gazette

Zak Whitbread has rejected a contract offer from Blackpool

Zak Whitbread has rejected a contract offer from Blackpool

The former Liverpool academy graduate has been out of contract since the start of the summer having been released by Derby, after spending two years at the club, and making 15 appearances for the Rams.

Former United States Under-23 international Whitbread has played his trade in the Football League throughout his career, including spells at Millwall, where he made 119 appearances and scored three goals, and Norwich City, where he made 44 appearances and scored once.

Whitbread would provide Tangerines’ boss Neil McDonald with another viable option at the back, and he would bring a wealth of experience to the recently-relegated League One side, who find themselves bottom of the table following a 1-1 draw at home to Barnsley yesterday.

McDonald has stated that he is looking to strengthen his squad, telling the Blackpool Gazette: ‘We are always looking to try and strengthen the squad and we’ll see how that develops.’

However, it appears unlikely that Whitbread will make the move to Bloomfield Road, having rejected an initial offer from the Tangerines. It remains to be seen whether the League One club will go back in for the experienced defender.

The Tangerines have won just once this season and face a trip to 19th placed Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, and McDonald will be hoping his side can pick up another win to bridge the gap between themselves and safety.

Blackpool fans… what do you make of the news? Would Whitbread be a good signing? Is it worth going back in for him? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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