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Simon Grayson`s Blackpool team flew out to Latvia this morning from Liverpool`s John Lennon airport (EasyJet anyone?) and will play three games in the space of five days; in the homeland of Valeri Belokon and Kaspars Gorkss before returning home ready to face Wigan next Wednesday!

The Seasiders are to be based in Ventspils and will compete against FC Olimps (tomorrow), Ventspils - champions of the Latvian league - (Saturday) and finish off against Skonto Riga on Monday.

It is widely expected that most of the 25 players will play a part regularly throughout the tour. One player that won`t be turning out in tangerine is Wes Hoolahan, who, despite travelling with the squad (good news surely?) won`t be eligible to play.

FIFA are to announce a decision on the saga that is Hoolahan`s transfer to Blackpool on Friday, and early indications are good that the Irish winger will be joining the Bloomfield Road club - despite rumours stating he had been shown around various Championship grounds over proposed moves.

There has been no word on whether or not the club have taken over any trialists, although there will be plenty of opportunity to watch any possible players on returning to England.

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Date:Wednesday July 18 2007

Time: 11:19AM

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The last of those fixtures will be the hardest, then the football gets real!
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18/07/2007 11:53:00

So 48 hours and counting! Come in Wes please!
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18/07/2007 13:20:00

I think Larry's moved on from taking Trialists on from lower leagues - ala Tom Cahill and that right back, god only knows what his name was...can never remember! With the current squad - the 25 that have gone over I believe will be the team that we will use this year, with even Phil Doughty getting a run out I think/hope - I think we've got strength in depth that we haven't had in quite some time. We're better off than last season IMO. We just need Wes, another left winger, another right winger and possibly another striker. But none are vital - other than Wes!!
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18/07/2007 13:44:00

Chris Slater is the name you are looking for, Jerry!
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18/07/2007 14:57:00

That's the ticket :) Was OK against Lancaster but nothing special, we got Barker in the end anyway...and look how that ended up ;-)
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18/07/2007 16:22:00

will wes get a run out in the next match ?
Darren B
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21/07/2007 09:37:00

Nope. He can't until Fifa give clearance for the move unfortunately Darren.
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21/07/2007 11:51:00

if were going to stay in the championship we will need wes without a shadow of a doubt, if they have spend will bfc?
Darren B
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