McDonald admits: We still need more

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Neil McDonald admits he’s not yet happy with his Blackpool squad, even though the League One season kicks off this Saturday with the long trip to Colchester.

McDonald has so far added 10 new faces to his squad since replacing Lee Clark as manager in May but has struggled to get some deals over the line.

And with Pool having completed their pre-

season match schedule, the boss admits there’s plenty of work to be done.

“If I can do business, I will,” said McDonald. “I think we still need to add to the squad and we are trying hard behind the scenes.

“Players have been waiting and waiting for offers, but with the season starting this weekend they might now move.

“We are still also trying to bring players in to have a look at in training.”

Vastly experienced defender Emmerson Boyce played 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley on Friday night but Pool are yet to make a decision on him or fellow triallist Adam Drury, the former Manchester City winger or right-back.

And those two are McDonald’s top priorities this week.

He explained: “I thought Emmerson did well at Accrington. It was his first game for quite a while and he’s only trained with us a couple of times.

“I’ll make a decision quickly on him and Adam. If we decide yes, then great; if it’s no, then we’ll keep looking.”

While Pool’s depth of squad is far from ideal, it’s a million miles better than this time last year, when just 12 players were registered for the opening day.

However, McDonald admits he’s not yet sure of his best Blackpool 11.

“It all depends on what business I can do this week, but there are players who have played their way into my team,” he said.

“We have real competition for places here now in nearly all positions.”

Blackpool’s players return to training this morning, having been given the weekend off following Friday’s game.

But there was no break for McDonald, who headed to Essex to watch this weekend’s opponents lose 1-0 to Fulham.

McDonald added: “I’m really looking forward to getting started now. From this morning onwards there is nothing but thoughts on Colchester.

“I watched them on Saturday, so I saw them at home first hand. I just can’t wait to get started now.”