James Beattie joins Accington Stanley

Beattie joins Accrington Stanley
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Former England international James Beattie takes up a playing and coaching role at Accrington Stanley.

Former England international James Beattie has joined Accrington Stanley.

The striker will serve as both player and coach at the League Two side.

The 34-year-old told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I'm delighted to be here and can't wait to get started.

"The coaching role has put another angle on things for me, but I've signed a playing contract so I want to get involved in that as soon as I can."

Stanley's manager Leam Richardson added: "My relationship with James goes back a long way, right back to our Blackburn days. Throughout his career, he's been fantastic. He's a great pro and for him to come to Accrington Stanley is a massive boost for the club."

Beattie was released by Sheffield United at the end of last season.

Accrington host Northampton tomorrow.

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