Blackpool boss seeks back-four boost

Kevin McNaughton is not the only defender Pool want
Kevin McNaughton is not the only defender Pool want
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Neil McDonald has turned his attentions to Blackpool’s back four as bids to continue building his new-look squad.

The Pool manager has eight players so far but remains short of options in defence.

McDonald and his squad travel to Scotland this weekend for a seven-day training camp, during which they will face Ross County and St Johnstone before returning home to complete their pre-season at Accrington Stanley.

Right-back Kevin McNaughton is training with the Seasiders with a view to completing a deal but McDonald wants more.

“Defensively we need a couple – certainly at centre-half and right-back,” he said.

“We’ve done some good business in forward positions and now we will look to add at the back.

“Saying that, we are also looking for forwards who will score us goals. It’s important we are competitive in League One.”

Blackpool have played two matches under McDonald so far, beating non-league opponents Lancaster and Blyth Spartans.

And the new manager is pleased at the start he’s made at Bloomfield Road.

He added: “I got going from day one here and I’m really enjoying the job at the moment.

“It’s not just a job for me here at Blackpool – it’s my life now.

“There’s a lot of work to do but I think we’ve set off at a decent pace, which has been great.”

Besides McNaughton, striker Callum Ball is also on trial at present and scored in Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Blyth.

The pair will train again with the club today and decisions on both are expected over the weekend.

McDonald revealed: “We’re having a look at them and they’re having a look at us, so we’ll see how it progresses.

“We need that bit of experience to pull and push, and if we can get that it adds good balance and good dynamics to the team.

“We need lots of mobility in the team but at the same time a little bit of knowledge to know when to do things at the right time.”