Beattie can't wait to get going
New signing Steven Beattie says he is really excited about the new season and can’t wait to get going.
Beattie is one of five new signings made by the club so far and has joined Kevin Devaney and Dinny Corcoran in following manager Owen Heary from Bohemians.
Prior to playing for Bohemains he played with Northern Kentucky University in America before being drafted by MLS club Toronto FC. After that he had spells in Puerto Rico and Iceland before returning home last year.
The 26 year-old believes that experience has helped him become a better player: “First off different styles of football in each country helped be to be the player I am and potentially can be. Getting drafted in America kick-started me and then I had the injury, I tore my ACL when I was in Puerto Rico, so I learned a lot off the field during that time about how to handle myself and build myself back up and appreciate the game more. I think playing with different players from all over the world has definitely made me a better player and that experience is not one that many in the League of Ireland get to have.”
He says he is itching for the new season to start: “I can’t wait to get started and get working with Owen again. I got on really well with Owen at Bohs and I spoke to him very, very thoroughly about what he wants to do at Sligo Rovers. We are on the same page in that we want to get back winning things and push the club, which is a huge club, back to where they were a couple of years ago which is winning league titles and FAI Cups. With the stature of the club it’s going to go forward and I’m really excited to get going. I’d love to start next week, I just can’t wait to get going for the new season.
“Owen was probably the deciding factor in me coming to the club. I had interest from some other clubs but when he got the job he said he was really interested and said he’d love for me to come down and he showed me videos of the facilities and I was decided after that.
“Having Dinny and Kevin will help definitely in the dressing room that I know a few faces and I got on really well with both of them which is very important. I think me and Dinny worked really well on and off the field last year so it’s going to help me a lot. And Kevin is obviously a very talented player. We are all looking forward to a new chapter in our careers and to keep going forward.”
Beattie is known for his versatility but is happy to play in any position asked: “I am happy to play anywhere once I am playing week in, week out. If the manager tells me to play centre-back I will. Ideally I would like to play up top or wide right, I’d love to nail down that spot but I am versatile and will play pretty much anywhere so whatever helps the team out. Getting the three points is always the most important thing.”
He is optimistic that the club will be successful again this year: “Realistically I think the club can win the league this year. No way am I moving to Sligo to go backwards in my career. I think this is an opportunity for me to win things. With the new faces brought in and the lads that have re-signed, the likes of Creatro who is a brilliant player and has been unbelievable for the last five or six years. There is players there to win a league and challenge and go on a serious cup run. Sligo Rovers has that mentality of winning things and there’s no reason why we won’t get back there next year. It’s a task and will not be easy but I think we are very capable. We will get a few more bodies in and go strength to strength.
“I’m the kind of lad after a couple of days I like to get back and keep sharp. You can’t beat training every day and getting ready for games. You miss it as soon as the final whistle goes on the last day of the season, you’re counting down the days again until pre-season. I’m probably one of the only players who looks forward to pre-season and to get back at it. I love being around the lads and can’t wait to be at a new club and a new environment so I’m buzzing for the new season.”