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CHRIS BEARDSLEY JOINS ON LOAN

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14:56 31st October 2013

Striker joins the Pirates for a month

Striker Chris Beardsley has today joined Bristol Rovers on loan.

The 29-year-old Preston forward will spend a month at the Memorial Stadium.

Manager John Ward said that Chris is an important team player with a lot of experience.

He said: “I remember when Chris played for Stevenage when they beat Colchester 6-1, and he roughed up my centre backs and caused a lot of problems - that stuck in my mind.

"He is an experienced player, and he will give us what we do not have at the moment, and that is experience down the middle of the pitch.

"He provides that extra bit of knowledge. He is a strong boy and he is a team player who works very hard for his team.

"He may not get the headlines for scoring all the goals, but he brings people in to the game and creates chances. He should be a big help to the young lads in the squad."

Beardsley began his career in the Mansfield youth set up, before signing a professional contract in 2003.

In the summer of 2004 he moved to Doncaster, before heading to Kidderminster in December of the same year.

Following Kidderminster’s relegation, he moved back to Mansfield in the summer of 2005.

He then had a short spell at Rushden and Diamonds, before joining York City in 2007.

After impressing on a loan spell at Kettering, he joined the club and helped them gain promotion to the Conference Premier.

In May 2009 he joined Stevenage, where he scored 10 times in 47 appearances as the club were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history.

Beardsley decided not to renew his contract at the club, and made the move to Preston in August 2012.   

Chairman Nick Higgs said: “We would like to thank Preston for letting Chris come to us on loan.

“He has a lot of experience, and we hope that he can help rejuvenate our front line.”