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Accrington Stanley signing Beattie: Swindon turned me down!

New Accrington Stanley player-coach James Beattie admits he was rejected by Swindon Town.

Former Stoke City and Southampton striker Beattie joined Accrington last week.

"No offence, but Swindon!" he told the Daily Mail. "The market is dead at the moment. There are so many pros out of a job.

"I know that even people within football say I don't want to play any more. They can think what they want, that's totally wrong. I won't stop because I've been knocked back by a few clubs. As long as I've got that spark to get out of bed in the morning and play football, I will pursue it.

"You're just waiting for somebody to give you a chance. It's a little bit like starting again.

"Realistically, I know I could hold my own at Championship level. The Premier League is probably gone but you never know - I'm a proven goalscorer at that level.

"It's just the match sharpness, which is exactly why I've gone to Accrington."

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