Jim McAlister has no regrets about quitting Scottish football

Blackpool's Jim McAlister
Blackpool's Jim McAlister

Jim McAlister is loving life in Blackpool and wishes he’d moved to England years ago.

The 29-year-old had spent his whole career in Scotland before heading to the Fylde coast in the summer after turning down a new contract at Dundee.

And after experiencing enough drama to last a career in his first four months at Bloomfield Road, he’s more than happy with his decision.

“Being down now and sampling what it’s like, it’s something I wish I’d done in my early 20s rather than my late 20s,” said the midfielder.

“I’m definitely glad I took the chance to come and train with the boys and got offered the deal because I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

McAlister has been a virtual ever-present this season, making 11 Seasiders appearances. And his fully committed style has already caught the eye.

He said: “I have the mind-set of playing every game as if it’s my last. If you go out on the park and just go through the motions, then you’re cheating your team-mates, the fans, the manager and everybody associated with the club.”

Pool travel to Coventry on Saturday hoping to continue their three-match winning run and finally drag themselves out of the League One relegation zone.

And Rothesay-born McAlister believes that will happen sooner rather than later.

“Game on game it’s been getting better and you can see the team is definitely starting to gel,” he said.

“Results are picking up, so hopefully we are moving in the right direction.

“It’s a brilliant dressing room and you can see that starting to transfer on to the pitch.”