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CRAIG BEATTIE - THE FIRST INTERVIEW

11 February 2013

After joining Barnet Craig Beattie now wants to play games and score goals

Craig Beattie is hoping to have a big impact after signing for Barnet Football Club.

The former Scotland international left St. Johnstone just over two-weeks ago but the Bees acted swiftly to secure his signature.

Speaking exclusively to barnetfc.com, Beattie revealed his delight and quickly stated his desire to play games and score goals. 

“I am very pleased to have signed for Barnet Football Club and I am looking forward to playing football again and scoring goals.

The 29-year-old spent the past 18-months in Scotland but has spent the majority of his career playing in England; he has never played in League Two and admitted he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Playing in Scotland again was a great experience because it is where I learnt my trade playing for Celtic.

“I went back last year and had a great time, it did not work out this season but that is behind me now and I am looking forward to a new challenge.”

The forward began his English career with West Bromwich Albion and spent time on loan with Sheffield United so experience is something he possesses in abundance. 

“I think I can bring a lot to the table because I have experience in the Barclays Premier League and the Championship.”

“I do not think I have lost any ability and the hunger is definitely there so hopefully the supporters, players and management at Barnet will quickly see what I have to offer.”

Beattie also spoke of his desire to win and declared that he will do everything he possibly can to ensure that come the back end of the season the Bees are looking up rather than down.

“Everywhere I have been the team has been successful; I have had a lot of great moments and gathered a lot of experience along the way.

“I am well aware that we are in a relegation fight but hopefully I can bring some of that experience into the team, nobody wants to go down and I will do my best to prevent that.”

A key role in any player’s development is day to day training and Beattie described the club’s training complex, The Hive, as ‘simply amazing’. 

“I was told what to expect but the facilities we have here at Barnet are simply amazing.

If there is a better training ground in England then I would like to see it, it is fantastic and I am really looking forward to getting at it.”

Beattie was released after making just four appearances for St. Johnstone and after a difficult few months his ambitions are clear. 

“The past few months have been a difficult time for because as a footballer the only thing you want to be doing is playing games. 

“Now I am here all I want to do is get on the pitch and score goals.”

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