The Blackpool squad have today traveled to Scotland for part of their pre-season training. Neil McDonald’s team will play two fixtures during their time at Scotland, one behind closed doors and the other against St Johnstone on Saturday.
One man who won’t be with McDonald’s squad in Scotland is Kevin McNaughton who is currently training with Wigan ahead of a potential move to the DW stadium. After playing for Blackpool against Blyth Spartans it seemed the veteran right back would move to the seaside but a transfer now looks very unlikely, something which is a big blow for boss Neil McDonald.
McDonald will be looking to add to his small squad this week. Pool are still very short in a number of areas and there needs to be a significant number of additions before the season starts, although the lack of transfer activity recently is a worrying sign for supporters.
Certainly this pre-season looks to have improved from last years, however preparations have been effected by the cancellation of the Morecambe friendly, a pitch invasion bringing the Lancaster fixture to an early end and not having a complete squad of players to prepare for the season with. Making a flurry of signings days before the season starts didn’t work last year and won’t work this year. The club needs to be doing everything they can to bring in new players in good time before the season starts, this week is an extremely important one for the club.