Stanley's Beattie almost joined Rovers

JAMES Beattie insists he is “fit and hungry” to play for Accrington Stanley - after admitting Sam Allardyce was set to hand him a Blackburn Rovers return before being axed in December 2010.

The 34-year-old striker is hoping to make his Stanley debut in Friday night’s League Two clash at Barnet after joining the club as a player-coach late last week.

Beattie, who has been without a club since being released by Sheffield United at the end of last season, started his career at Ewood Park and admitted he was set to sign for his former club when Allardyce got sacked by Venky’s.

Beattie said; “I remember talking to Sam on a number of occasions and I was really happy about that. What happened to Sam, when he left Blackburn, it fizzled out after that.

“At one point it was quite close and I would have been delighted at that. I am sure it would have happened if Sam had stayed at Blackburn Rovers.”

Stanley boss Leam Richardson admits he is yet to decide whether Beattie will feature tomorrow night, but the former England international insists he is ready if he gets the nod.

“I am hungry and want to play,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. You miss the playing and the whole atmosphere about being part of the club, there is no working environment like it.

“You are a long time retired and that time is not for me. I am here and still harbouring ambitions to play at a higher level. With me not playing consistently for two and half years my body feels good.

“For a 34-year-old footballer my joints are in the best shape of any player this age. I think I am fit, my back is not screaming like most of the lads at my age.”

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10:21am Thu 15 Nov 12

krazzi horse says...

should do well,a local ladd,bit more depth 2 the squad **** on Stanley..........
should do well,a local ladd,bit more depth 2 the squad **** on Stanley.......... krazzi horse

1:22pm Thu 15 Nov 12

makaveli96 says...

He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he....
He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he.... makaveli96

3:15pm Thu 15 Nov 12

MxMave says...

makaveli96 wrote:
He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he....
??? He went to my school IN BLACKBURN, how much more of a Blackburn lad do you want.

I was waiting for Beattie to join us for AGES. Gutted to hear he nearly did but Venkys and Steve Kean screwed it up.
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he....[/p][/quote]??? He went to my school IN BLACKBURN, how much more of a Blackburn lad do you want. I was waiting for Beattie to join us for AGES. Gutted to hear he nearly did but Venkys and Steve Kean screwed it up. MxMave

3:54pm Thu 15 Nov 12

greenscreener says...

MxMave wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he....
??? He went to my school IN BLACKBURN, how much more of a Blackburn lad do you want.

I was waiting for Beattie to join us for AGES. Gutted to hear he nearly did but Venkys and Steve Kean screwed it up.
I think you will find Beattie joined Blackburn Rovers when he left QEGS. Made a few 1st team appearances and went to Southampton as part of the Kevin Davies deal.
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he....[/p][/quote]??? He went to my school IN BLACKBURN, how much more of a Blackburn lad do you want. I was waiting for Beattie to join us for AGES. Gutted to hear he nearly did but Venkys and Steve Kean screwed it up.[/p][/quote]I think you will find Beattie joined Blackburn Rovers when he left QEGS. Made a few 1st team appearances and went to Southampton as part of the Kevin Davies deal. greenscreener

8:04pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Rovers75 says...

makaveli96 wrote:
He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he....
yes he was.....
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: He wasnt really a Blackburn lad though was he....[/p][/quote]yes he was..... Rovers75

8:59pm Thu 15 Nov 12

silverstan says...

Who gives a **** where he came from, he's with us now, come on you reds !!
Who gives a **** where he came from, he's with us now, come on you reds !! silverstan

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