Blackpool chance for trio of triallists

Neil McDonald addresses his players after the Ross County game
Neil McDonald addresses his players after the Ross County game
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Neil McDonald is casting an eye over three triallists at Blackpool’s training camp in Scotland.

German defender Niklas Dams, Scottish midfielder Jim McAlister and striker Callum Ball have all linked up with Pool and played in the 1-1 draw with Scottish Premiership side Ross County yesterday afternoon.

With just two more scheduled friendlies before the start of the season in little over a fortnight, McDonald is using the games to test new faces.

Dams, 24, is a right-back who came through the ranks with Borussia Mönchengladbach, making more than 100 appearances for the Bundesliga club’s second team.

He is a free agent, having spent last season at Swiss second division side Servette.

McAlister is currently mulling over a contract offer from Scottish top-flight club Dundee and has recently been linked with a move to Rangers.

The energetic 29-year-old played 41 times in the heart of Dundee’s midfield last season as they finished sixth in the table.

Ball, who scored for Pool in last week’s friendly at Blyth, played the full 90 minutes up front in yesterday’s behind-closed-doors match.

Blackpool’s draw came courtesy of a late header by Mark Cullen, who has scored in all three pre-season games.

Brian Graham opened the scoring 25 minutes into the game at Stirling University, punishing Tom Aldred for a defensive error by skipping through and slotting past Kyle Letheren.

Despite the setback, the Seasiders stuck to their task and were rewarded moments from time when Cullen met a brilliant Henry Cameron cross and guided his header home.

First-team coach Richie Kyle said: “To get back into it after being a goal down showed good mental strength. This group have a good mentality. They don’t like to beaten.

“It’s good to get into good habits. We want a winning mentality as much as possible.

“It’s been a long week. The lads have worked hard and I thought the fitness showed.

“We played some good stuff but sometimes we gave possession away too easily. That will come with time, though.”