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Dunny backs Beattie for the Blue and White

Dave Dunn has urged Big Sam Allardyce to sign up his mate and former Rover James Beattie.

Dave and James have a long standing frienship and Dunny knows the value of having local, passionate players in each side.

Rovers are just waiting for the transfer of Captain Strop to West Ham to be completed and then they can make a last ditch move to bring in a striker.

Beattie one of the names Sam Allardyce will be looking at but the new contract boy has thrown his hat into the ring and backed James Beattie.

Dunn speaking to the Mirror said - 'Coming here would probably be Beatts choice anyway. It is the other stuff like fees and the like that could be the stumbling block.

'He is a great player and a player who would do well in the side. It would go down well with the fans as it is always good to have local players in the side.``

Dunn, speaking about himself, admits he could have gone to Spain or stayed in England with a different club.

But Rovers is his hometown and his favourite club so this was the only REAL choice.

Dunny continued continued - 'I had other options and being on a free in the summer I could have cashed in a little bit, but having said that this is where I play my best football.

'A stint in the sun did go through my mind but this was the place I wanted to be at.

'I am settled here, my family is here and my kids go to school here. It was the right thing to do and I think we can push on as well.

'This next few games are important for us. If we can win our next few games there is no reason why we can`t push on for the Europa League.``

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce believes keeping hold of the talismanic Dunn was key to keeping passion for his side at its peak.

Allardyce spoke to Sky Sports and said - 'He is Blackburn through and through, David. His whole life as a footballer started in this town and he fulfilled his dream by playing for a local team.

'There is nothing better than one of your own. It doesn`t happen very often but it`s great to have him signed up.

'His passion for Blackburn is great because it rubs off on other people. He has a great desire as it is hometown club and is more passionate about it than other people.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 30 2010

Time: 9:49AM

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I like the idea of Beattie, he will add passion to the side and hopefully goals!!!
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30/01/2010 10:16:00

If there's any truth in the suggestion that JR may be leaving, then it becomes more important to sign an experienced striker as we would be short in attacking options with just Kallanic & Di Santo. Providing we don't pay too much for a player approaching the end of his career, there's a lot to be said for signing a local lad! I think that David Dunns passion for his home town club is fantastic -he is a true ambassador for Rovers - especially in these days of international teams! I hope he gets a testimonial when the time comes to hang up his boots - he deserves one!
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30/01/2010 10:27:00

JR won't leave until the summer, that's for certain unless BSA can get two in. I would like to see Beattie back at Rovers, you know he would gibe his all to our cause, however, I would still liked to have seen us move for Benjani - he's a good all rounder and available for cheap money.
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30/01/2010 11:46:00

Dunners and beattie, two local lads. cant go wrong
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30/01/2010 12:25:00

could be a good partnership up front
the shire
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30/01/2010 13:25:00

What about Kalinic and Beattie, that would be some power up top!!!
Mikey Delap
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30/01/2010 14:48:00

Over weight, accused of being very unfit 2 goals in 20 appearances, seems a familar pattern ere?
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30/01/2010 18:43:00

Dont want him , dont need him, we need youth and talent up front.
mutts nutts
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01/02/2010 15:16:00

Dunny could back all he wanted with the kind of wages he was asking we were never going to sign him. That's why Fulham didn't, greedy little git!!
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02/02/2010 17:37:00

45,000 a week!!! flipping heck, no thanks!!!!
Mikey Delap
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02/02/2010 17:55:00


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