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Dickov must decide soon - Grayson

Paul Dickov
Dickov scored six goals in seven starts for Blackpool

Blackpool manager Simon Grayson has admitted he is hoping for a decision on former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov's future this week.

The Scot, 35, who had a loan spell at Blackpool last season, has been thinking over his options since being released by City earlier this month.

Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We spoke on Thursday and were led to think we were close to doing something.

"I'd like to think that soon we will know one way or the other."

Fair play to Paul that he has got to keep his options open

Blackpool boss Simon Grayson

"His agent has got other ideas at times but I think we're going to have to put it to Paul that we need an answer quickly because I may have to move on to other targets."

The former Scottish international made an instant impact at Bloomfield Road last season scoring six goals in seven starts during a loan spell between January and April, including a 90th-minute winner against former club Leicester on his debut.

Dickov has been linked with moves to the Foxes and Major League Soccer side Toronto, managed by Mo Johnston.

"Fair play to Paul that he has got to keep his options open. I think he owed it to Toronto to have a look at them and one or two others were interested as well. But, we've been in there with a great shout since the last game of the season," Grayson said.

"He enjoyed his time here. We've put a package together to bring him to the club and I think he's said that he needs to make a decision because he needs to get back on the training ground pretty sharp."

Meanwhile, Grayson believes pre-season training is going exactly to plan.

When you're two weeks into pre-season, players need to be able to play 90 minutes and that's the stage that we are at now

Simon Grayson

The Seasiders recorded their first clean sheet of the summer with a 0-0 draw at Wrexham on Saturday.

Pool were without a number of key players for the clash at the Racecourse Ground but Grayson thinks things are progressing well.

"A lot more of them played 90 minutes and we're getting to that stage now where fitness levels are good.

"When you're two weeks into pre-season, players need to be able to play 90 minutes and that's the stage that we are at now. I expected a few to complete the whole game and they did that well," he said.

Blackpool were without Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Joe Martin and Ian Evatt, with nine players in total currently out injured.

"You've got to accept it at times and the players that we do have out, none of them are major worries we're just being cautious, some might be back training early part of next week," added Grayson.


see also
Wrexham 0-0 Blackpool
19 Jul 08 |  Wrexham
Man City decide to release trio
03 Jul 08 |  Man City
Dickov considers Leicester return
16 Jul 08 |  Leicester
Dickov wins February PFA accolade
04 Mar 08 |  Blackpool


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