Championship - Ince: Tom should see out season

Blackpool boss Paul Ince expects son Thomas Ince to remain with him at Bloomfield Road beyond January but concedes his future probably lies away from the club.

On Wednesday Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston revealed that they had a put new contract on the table for Thomas, whose current deal is due to expire in the summer.

The Sky Bet Championship side are due compensation if the England Under-21 international runs down that contract at the end of the season but have offered terms which would give him the chance to stay under his father's guidance.

Oyston told BBC Radio Lancashire he anticipates a bid in January and that both Inces would have a say on the date of his departure, should he wish to leave.

However, speaking on Thursday, Paul Ince claims the 21-year-old will rebuff any potential Barclays Premier League suitors next month and is more likely to depart once the season has been completed.

"We always knew when it got to January that things were going to start moving," said Paul Ince.

"People see things in the paper and try to put two and two together; we know we're going to get interest in January.

"I stated when I started the season that Thomas wants to stay until the end of the season. He loves playing here, he loves playing in front of the fans and he absolutely idolises the players.

"The day he does go it will be sad because the banter is great, the spirit is great and you don't get that at any other club I've been to.

"But the kid's played here for two-and-a-half years now; he's played 100-plus games and he's a very good player. I'm not just saying this because he's my son, they have to move on and they have to go to the next step.

"I don't think that will be in January, I'm pretty sure that wont be in January, but who knows. All he needs to do is concentrate on Blackpool Football Club, the players and the fans."

Thomas Ince, who has scored six times this season, was close to a move to Cardiff in the summer when the south Wales outfit had a bid accepted by Blackpool, yet the player himself turned it down as he wanted to remain closer to his young family in the north-west region.