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Grant Ward, meanwhile, is also coming to the end of his contract, although there is no clause to extend.

Asked if much progress has been made in the last week on the contract front, Critchley told The Gazette: “Not really.

“We’re focused on the games we have left, but we’re always wary of what to do and when to do it.

Richard Keogh is one of a handful of first-team players who are out of contract at the end of the season

“These discussions will take place over the next week or two because there is a certain date when you are obliged to speak to the players.

“But if we can do it before, we will. We want to be well planned and prepared for next season, so we have the opportunity to get a bit ahead of the game in that regard.

Blackpool have just two games left of the season, starting today with their final home game against already relegated Derby County.

Sitting just one point from the top half, the Seasiders have a prime opportunity to finish 12th or higher in their first season back in the Championship.

“That would be a really big step forward,” Critchley said.

“If you look at the history of the teams that have been promoted, where they finish and the points they get, many teams are immediately relegated and go down.

“We never flirted with relegation, sometimes we looked up, so the players adapted to the level, gained confidence and deservedly competed in this division.

“It will be a very good achievement, although it won’t necessarily be one because you won’t win a trophy at Wembley at the end.

“But in 46 games the players did a fantastic job.”

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