Frustration for Grayson
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blackpool boss Simon Grayson is frustrated at failing to sign his transfer targets.
Blackpool manager Simon Grayson has vented his frustration at failing to sign his transfer targets, citing Chris Shuker as a case in point.
Grayson is aiming to bolster his squad during pre-season as he looks to equip Blackpool for a tilt at promotion from League One.
He had set up a deal to sign Shuker from Barnsley last week, only for the midfielder to join League One rivals Tranmere Rovers on a two-year contract.
Grayson is unhappy with Shuker's decision to renege on a switch to Bloomfield Road and believes it typifies his summer transfer efforts.
"People have been expecting a lot of players to come in, but it isn't from a lack of trying," Grayson told the club's official website.
"We were close to signing Chris Shuker on Friday. We got a call when he was 15 minutes from arriving at the ground to sign, saying he had changed his mind and wanted to sign for Tranmere.
"Nothing else can be done about that. If I get a deal agreed, and the player in principle agrees to it and then on the way in he decides to change his mind, there is nothing I can do about that.
"It's very frustrating because I thought Chris would be a good signing for us.
"Another player was supposed to turn up for a medical and didn't turn up and went elsewhere without letting us know.
"That's what you're dealing with and the reality of what we are getting used to. Perhaps I'm a bit old fashioned, but I used to give my word that if I was going to sign for somebody then I would go ahead and do that."