McNaughton could be Blackpool’s ninth

Kevin McNaughton in action for Blackpool last night. Picture: Billy Broadley
Kevin McNaughton in action for Blackpool last night. Picture: Billy Broadley
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Kevin McNaughton could be set to become Neil McDonald’s ninth signing after playing for Blackpool in their 2-0 win at Blyth Spartans.

The vastly experienced defender has been training with the Seasiders and played 45 minutes in last night’s North-East friendly.

McNaughton, 32, is a free agent after leaving Cardiff, where he made more than 250 League appearances over nine seasons.

Having fallen from favour with the Bluebirds, the Scottish right-back ended last season at Bolton and he could be offered a contract at Bloomfield Road by the end of the week.

He was joined in last night’s squad by former Derby and St Mirren striker Callum Ball, who came on as a half-time substitute and fired the second goal.

The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Derby and had loan spells at Coventry, Torquay and Notts County before spending last season at St Mirren, where he scored twice in 20 games before being released in April.

Blackpool cruised to a comfortable win against seventh-tier Blyth in manager McDonald’s second game in charge. Connor Oliver poked Pool ahead in the first half before Ball’s tap-in sealed the win with 20 minutes to go.

McDonald was pleased with the run-out. He said: “I learned that the team can play two formations now and that’s something which makes me feel very comfortable.

“I want my players to be able to work with both 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 formations. We passed the ball really well, created chances and I was very happy indeed.

“You have to be more than one-dimensional. It’s important we have the ability to keep people guessing about how we are going to play.

“Everyone impressed me and they applied themselves well.

“It’s all about getting to grips with things, with and without the ball.

“When we don’t have the ball, I want us to be tough to break down, and when we have the ball we need to be able to express ourselves.”

Last night’s game had been arranged as part of the deal which saw former Blyth winger Jarrett Rivers move to Bloomfield Road in May.

Rivers was handed the captain’s armband, a gesture McDonald felt was important.

He added: “It was great for Jarrett to come back here. He’s popular with the lads and it was nice to hand him the armband.”