McAlister extends Blackpool stay

Goalscorer Jim McAlister (right) after Pool's winner at St Johnstone
Goalscorer Jim McAlister (right) after Pool's winner at St Johnstone
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Jim McAlister will be given another chance to impress at Blackpool after firing the first-half winner against St Johnstone on Saturday.

The former Dundee midfielder spent last week on trial with the Seasiders at their training camp in Scotland and played an hour of Saturday’s 1-0 win.

And after impressing manager Neil McDonald, the 29-year-old has headed south with the squad to continue training with Pool this week.

McDonald said: “It was great to see Jim get himself a goal. He made a good run, had a bit of luck and it was a good finish.

“Jim will come back this week and train with us again, so we can have another look.

“He’s done well so far, so we’ll see how it goes this week and have a chat at the end of it.”

Ironically, McAlister cut short a trial with Saturday’s opponents St Johnstone to link up with Pool and he is keen on a fresh challenge in England.

He was virtually an ever-present as Dundee finished sixth in the Scottish Premiership last season and he has been linked with a move to Rangers this summer.

McAlister is vastly experienced north of the border, having made more than 300 appearances for Greenock Morton, Hamilton and Dundee.

Also on trial with Pool in Scotland were former Derby striker Callum Ball and German defender Niklas Dams, formerly of Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dams missed Saturday’s game through injury, while Ball remained on the bench and McDonald added: “We are yet to decide on those two. That’s something which we’ll do today (Monday).”