Blackpool midfielder Jamie Devitt looks likely to leave the north west after signing in the summer, but a move to Swindon Town is unlikely as reported by the Swindon Advertiser.
Devitt left Carlisle in the summer, securing a move to League One Blackpool, but they’ve since changed manager and he’s been left out in the cold by Simon Grayson. That’s prompted talk of a return to League Two, but Richie Wellens doesn’t think he’ll opt for Swindon Town.
They’ve started the season well and currently top the early table, but that won’t be enough for Devitt according to the Robins manager. Having been in for him in the summer, he doesn’t see the 29-year-old making a switch to the Wiltshire club.
“I tried for Jamie Devitt, quite early. He was one of the first three or four players I spoke to,” said the former Oldham boss.
“His desire was not to leave the area, so he signed for Blackpool. I would imagine not much has changed there in terms of him wanting to stay in the north-west.”
Devitt scored 11 times in 35 matches for the Cumbrians last season and has previously played for Grimsby, Hull City and Morecambe.
His former boss at Carlisle, Steven Pressley, has already confirmed he wouldn’t be interested in taking the midfielder back this summer.
If I were a Blackpool fan I’d have a slight concern right now about the manager. I know they’ve started well, but to freeze a player out so quickly suggests he’s not willing to give him a chance at all. Are his people management skills going to be brought into question?
He doesn’t have to play Devitt, but to farm him out so soon after moving is, in my opinion, a little disrespectful.
I was surprised he bagged a League One move, I could see him remaining in the division he’d been a success in and repeating that success. However, whether the step up was too much or not, getting rid so quickly is a bad move by Blackpool.