Well, after months of uncertainty, former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Jay Spearing has found himself a new club. Which club? Well, it's League One outfit Blackpool FC.
Blackpool confirm signing of Jay Spearing on a deal until the end of the season. https://t.co/9JHBZi0ImU pic.twitter.com/8nbQLFjKfK— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) October 4, 2017
At times during the transfer window this Summer, Jay Spearing and Bolton Wanderers looked a case of when, not if. Then, with the embargo and the new EFL wage cap in place, his apparent wage demands became an issue, which completely derailed the move altogether.
Last month, despite outcries from some fans demanding that Phil Parkinson and Wanderers re-sign Spearing, Parkinson confirmed the club wouldn’t make a move for the free agent, stating:
“We had Jem Karacan, Josh Cullen and Derik Osede who are all that type of player and it’s difficult to bring another one in which will just replicate it,” the manager explained.
“Any money we have got, we felt we needed to bring something different into the team.”
Wanderers of course went on to sign Karl Henry as a replacement for Spearing.
Jay Spearing has been training with the Seasiders for the past couple weeks, and today the 28 year old has signed a deal until the end of the season.
Spearing spent five years at Wanderers, scoring 10 times in 173 games, and was an important player as the club were promoted back to The Championship last season.
The move reunites Spearing with former Wanderers winger Max Clayton and former Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer, who signed Spearing on loan whilst at Rovers in 2015.
Upon his move to Blackpool, Spearing told Blackpool’s official site:
“I’ve been speaking to the manager throughout the summer about a few bits and bobs and he’s given me the confidence to come in and train, as well as the time to try and get fit, get sharp and get ready. Thankfully we got a deal sorted and I’m now ready to kick on.
“The standard of the lads in training has been brilliant and the gaffer has got them playing in the right direction.”
I’m sure everyone at LOV will join me in wishing Spearing the best of luck with his new team.