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Free agent O'Dea in line to sign with Blackpool

DARREN O'Dea could be in line for a move to England as the Ireland defender is being linked with Championship side Blackpool.

O'Dea (below) has been a free agent since he left behind the trouble zone of Donetsk in the summer, cancelling his contract with Metalurh, but the defender was unable to sign for a club as he was working on his fitness following a groin injury.

He spent time training with Celtic to regain fitness and is now able to work on finding a club, with Championship strugglers Blackpool keen on the 27-year-old.

Meanwhile, Hull City boss Steve Bruce is eager to agree new contracts with Irish pair Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn.

The duo, along with team-mates Alex Bruce and Liam Rosenior, are out of contract in the summer and earlier this season Quinn was linked with a move away from the club after he lost his place in the Hull side.

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But Bruce wants to keep them on board. "I had a conversation with the board recently and the plan is to talk to individuals soon," he said.

"The thing to remember is that we are only 15 months into it. But all those who have been with me, we have to look after them. They are just as important to me as anyone.

"Alex has come in recently, Paul McShane too. Liam has done the same several times already. And Stephen Quinn.

"They are just as important as someone who thinks they will play every week. Your big players. You need that squad because injuries are inevitable."


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