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CHRIS BEARDSLEY EXTENDS HIS LOAN

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10:48 6th January 2014

Striker to stay until the end of the season

Chris Beardsley has extended his loan spell with Bristol Rovers.

The 29-year-old striker from Preston-North-End, will stay with the Pirates until the end of the season.

The experienced forward first joined Rovers at the end of October for a month, before extending the loan until January.

Manager John Ward said: “Chris is an experienced player who got two goals in his first four games. 

“He has enjoyed his football here, he knows he is going to get some chances to play, and I am pleased he is here.

“He is a real hard working guy, both on and off the pitch, and he has been a good influence with some of the young players.”

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.   

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