Francis Jeffers is being handed a shock chance to grab a Premier League lifeline with Ian Holloway’s Blackpool.

The 29-year-old former England cap has been invited to join the Seasiders for pre-season training after being released by Sheffield Wednesday.

Jeffers’s career has been on the slide in the last few seasons but Holloway thinks the challenge to prove people wrong will appeal to him – and fit with the Blackpool state of mind for this campaign.

The former Everton and Arsenal ‘fox in the box’ has hardly played for a year after falling out with Wednesday and he was wanted by the likes of Northampton before the call came in from Holloway.