Blackpool’s future looks much brighter than it did at the start of the season, even though promotion from League One looks increasingly unlikely.
The Seasiders have enjoyed huge success off the field, ridding themselves of the despised former owner Owen Oyston and subsequently avoiding the points deduction for going into receivership.
That’s led them to have a clean slate for next season, with a packed Bloomfield Road set to finally get behind the side in August once more.
The returning fans will be delighted to see a side filled with bite and endeavour wearing the famous Tangerine shirts.
Terry McPhillips picked up the pieces of Gary Bowyer’s reign and put together a competent and focused team capable of a top six finish. They’ve fallen just short this season, but now as plans begin for next season they’ve surely got to be focusing on bringing one of the current squad back for another spell.
Nya Kirby is on loan from Crystal Palace, but the England Under 19 midfielder has settled well and is attracting serious attention for his displays.
He’s only played eight times since his January move, scoring once, but he’s growing in stature and confidence with every senior outing.
Blackpool had to fight off the attentions of Charlton to secure his services and he’s already a World Cup winner, having been a part of the England Under-17 squad that won the tournament a couple of years back.
He’s composed on the ball, willing to beat a man and has a keen eye for a pass.
He’s also not fazed by the challenges of senior football and has been matching the aggression of senior professionals whenever he plays.
If Blackpool genuinely want to succeed next season, free from the spectre of the former owner, then getting Kirby back in on a loan deal would be wise business.
He’s clearly adapting to senior football quickly and it’s unlikely he’ll get a clean run at the Crystal Palace first team.
However, with another season of League One football behind him, he might be ready to make the step up.
Blackpool’s promotion hopes would be boosted massively if that one year of football was spent at Bloomfield Road.