Blackpool triallists’ chance at St Johnstone

Neil McDonald will give triallists a chance
Neil McDonald will give triallists a chance
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Blackpool will once again take a look at a number of triallists as they take on St Johnstone this afternoon.

It will bring to an end the club’s week-long Scottish training camp before the side head back south to face Morecambe behind closed doors on Tuesday (see below).

Neil McDonald’s transfer frustration is believed to be growing – two weeks have passed since he made his last signing, despite publicly stating he needs at least five more new faces before the big kick-off in a fortnight.

Former Dundee midfielder Jim McAlister will again be handed the chance to impress, while striker Callum Ball looks set to play his third game in tangerine.

The game will be another tough test against the side which finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Tommy Wright’s side are well into their preparations for the new season and have already played competitive games. Having qualified for the early stages of the Europa League, they lost to Armenian side Alashkert on away goals earlier this month.

Despite not yet having his full squad in place, Pool boss McDonald is pleased with the Scottish workout.

“It’s given us a chance to really push on again with our fitness work,” he said.

“We’ve been able to work without any distractions. The players haven’t been driving home and we have done as many sessions as we possibly can. It’s been about that individual understanding and working, and talking to each other in their little units.

“We’ll then pull it all together in a team formation, like we’ve done so far in the three games that we’ve played.

“If they learn when they haven’t got the ball what they’ve got to do, then it makes them difficult to beat. If they express themselves when we’ve got the ball, like they have in our first two games, it shows we can be exciting and score goals.”

It’s almost like a trip home for midfield man John Herron, who hails from Coatbridge, not far from Pool’s Stirling training camp. And he’s loving being back home with his new team.

“It’s nice to be somewhere different, with different scenery to relax,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of new boys as everybody knows, so we’re building here and gelling together.

“However, the main thing for us is to get our fitness up and get an understanding with each other ahead of the important one on August 8.”