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BLACKPOOL'S youth academy is again reaping dividends after the club handed professional contracts to three of its players.

Striker Matthew Blinkhorn, winger Jamie Burns and Stephen McMahon, manager Steve McMahon's son, have all been rewarded for their endeavours.

"Matthew Blinkhorn, Jamie Burns and my own lad are being offered pro contracts, we have seen a lot of potential in them," said McMahon.

"They have done very well in difficult circumstances."

The former Liverpool ace added that there were more players vying for full-time deals, but ultimately they could only retain those who showed the desire to improve.

"It has been a difficult season for everyone, but we are delighted with the progress of these three especially," added McMahon.

"There are three or four of the lads that won't be being kept on, they haven't shown enough improvement."

In a double boost for the club's youngsters, McMahon added the trio will likely be involved in The Seasiders' weekend clash away to Notts County.

"Yes they will be, I am going to try and put them in as best I can, when I can and when I feel it is best for them," concluded McMahon.