Jim McAlister says he’s never seen a division like this season’s League One.
Blackpool’s Scottish midfielder has plenty of experience in senior football and will reach 500 league appearances during 2016.
Until joining the Seasiders in the summer, the 30-year-old had spent his whole career north of the border and his first taste of the English game has been an eye-opener to say the least.
“It’s a bizarre league,” was how McAlister summed up League One.
“You only have to look at the league table to see how tight it is. I’ve never know anything like it.
“From probably sixth place to right at the bottom there are not a lot of points in it.”
Blackpool, who are 18th, are one of five teams within three points of each other, including Fleetwood Town in the last relegation spot. And a little higher up, just three points separate the teams in ninth and 15th.
McAlister added: “Every team seems to have been a similar standard when we’ve played against them.
“I’m looking forward to the second half of the season and seeing where it takes us.”
McAlister, who is now based on the Fylde coast with his family, has been one of Pool’s better performers this season.
He’s made 24 appearances for the Seasiders so far in a number of positions, and despite Monday’s 4-2 defeat at Barnsley he’s pleased with the club’s progress.
McAlister said: “Before Monday we had three decent results, with three wins and three clean sheets, which was great.
“There isn’t a lot of training done at this time of year, with all the games and festivities.
“We didn’t get carried away with the three wins and we need to get back to where we were before the Barnsley game .”
A central midfielder by trade, the former Greenock Morton, Aberdeen and Dundee player has been used all over the park by boss Neil McDonald, even slotting in on the left wing.
In recent games he’s played as part of a midfield three, something he thinks is going well.
“The new system is something the manager worked on prior to Wigan (where Pool won this month),” explained McAlister. “It worked perfectly there, so we stuck with it and it’s worked wel