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Former Blackpool midfielder Jim McAlister signs for Greenock Morton

McAlister made 67 appearances during his time at Blackpool
McAlister made 67 appearances during his time at Blackpool

Former Blackpool midfielder Jim McAlister has re-signed for the Scottish club he started his career with.

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McAlister made just two substitute appearances for Blackpool last season

McAlister made just two substitute appearances for Blackpool last season

McAlister, who was released by the Seasiders at the end of the season, has penned a one-year deal with Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton.

The 32-year-old started his career as a teenager at Greenock, before going on to make 272 appearances and scoring 19 goals between 2002 and 2010.

McAlister featured only once for Gary Bowyer’s side in the 2017/18 League One season thanks to a lengthy recovery from a fractured tibia sustained against Colchester United in February 2017.

He had only had two substitute appearances for the Seasiders in the interim, in January’s Checkatrade Trophy defeat against Shrewsbury Town and April’s 3-0 victory at Gillingham.

Greenock manager Ray McKinnon said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to add Jim McAlister to the squad.

“He brings real quality to the midfield area, which I think is looking very, very strong. He brings us that mobility and strength and determination. His attributes are fantastic for us in terms of how we want to play this year.

“Jim is experienced and we’re going to need that right throughout the season, but he’s still at a great age with a lot to offer. He’s in great shape and he’s desparate to go and play football. That hunger is really important as well.

“He wants to come back and play here, which is huge. His connection with this club, that understanding of the club, is a bonus.

“It’s just a fantastic signing for everybody at the club.”

McAlister recently spoke of his frustration at how his time at Blackpool came to an end, telling the Scottish Sun: “The worry is that I’ve not played for 14 months. I was training there (Blackpool) for the last few months of the season and I was promised game time coming up to the last four games of the season to prove to managers that I’m fit and ready to go for pre-season.

“But they never gave me those minutes on the pitch, so I was a bit annoyed at how it ended down there.

“They could have sent me up to a club in Scotland to train for the last few weeks but they didn’t.

“I’ve been training really hard on my own for the last two weeks to get my fitness levels back where they were pre-injury.

“In terms of my fitness and my quality, knowing myself that won’t be an issue.

“It’s just about finding a manager that will put that trust in me.

“Getting about the pitch and the legs going is probably my biggest strength!

“I think sometimes managers look at players over 30 and put a wee question mark beside their name. But I don’t see that as an issue for me.”