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Beattie pushed for Rovers return

Beattie pushed for Rovers return

Former Rovers academy boy and well travelled journeyman James Beattie has revealed that he pushed for a Rovers return in the summer when it appeared that Sam Allardyce and his crew were in for him.

Beattie was sought after by quite a few clubs after falling out with Tony Pulis at Stoke back in January of 2010 and was tipped to make a re-appearance at his first club by many.

But the move didn't materialise and Beattie went up more North than he had bargained for with a move to Rangers - this didn't work out at all well and Beattie now plies his trade for Saturday's opponents Blackpool.

But James has explained that Rovers was his first choice.

"There was a chance that it could have happened," Beattie told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"I remember speaking to Sam but the opportunity didn`t arise, which was unfortunate.

"I was trying everything to get there and they were in for me, but for one reason or another it didn`t happen. I don`t know why.

"But I`m a Blackpool player now and I`m happy to be there and happy to help the club stay up in the Premier League, which is the ultimate goal.

"For these few months that`s what I`m going to do and then we`ll reassess it in the summer."

Would he have been better then our current crop of strikers? Would that even be difficult?!

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday March 21 2011
Time: 9:02AM


I know it's going back a bit but I wanted Beattie to sign for us when we had Bellamy. I think at the time they were both on decent form and would have worked well as a pair with Bellamy's pace and Beattie's aerial threat.
21/03/2011 14:13:00
I wanted him when funds were tight I admit but at 33 wouldn't be worth a punt now...
Mikey Delap
21/03/2011 15:14:00
Kalinic, Croque, Roberts, Benjani... Beattie doesn't inspire when added to that list
22/03/2011 03:10:00
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