Stoke and Brighton-linked Mark Waddington cancels deal at Blackpool

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, at night

HITC Sport understands Blackpool midfielder Mark Waddington has exercised a clause in his contract to cancel his scholarship terms.

HITC Sport understands in-demand Blackpool midfielder Mark Waddington is set to leave the club this summer after cancelling his scholarship terms at Bloomfield Road with immediate effect.

Waddington was the subject of interest during the January transfer window after he made an immediate impact in the side after breaking into the first-team.

The highly-rated 18-year-old made five appearances this season before his campaign was cut short by a broken foot.

Waddington, along with team-mate Dominic Telford, were both banned from training with the first-team squad after they turned down terms to sign professional contracts.

Blackpool offered the pair improved deals in March, but again the deals were rejected by both players and now Waddington has opted to cancel his scholarship deal.

Brighton & Hove Albion saw a bid for Waddington turned down in January and they are understood to be still keen on the midfield dynamo.

Premier League Stoke City are also thought to be chasing Waddington and are aiming to bring him and Blackpool team-mate Telford to the club as they look to revamp their development squad.

Despite cancelling his scholarship deal, Blackpool would be due a compensation fee for Waddington's services should he move on.

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