Stevenage striker Chris Beardsley has spoken out about his time at Preston North End and returning to a club he has ‘fond memories of’.

Beardsley found it difficult to settle at Preston

Beardsley found it difficult to settle at Preston

The 30-year-old returned to the Hertfordshire club last week after being released by The Lilywhites.

In an interview with The Comet, Beardsley said his time at Preston was frustrating and he can’t wait to start the new season with the club that he helped secure back-to-back promotions with.

“[Preston] wasn’t a time I was particularly fond of. The club was evolving, it was trying to be more self-sustainable in League 1 and with that it was difficult to get any momentum quickly,” says Beardsley.

“Obviously I’ve got fond memories of my time [at Stevenage]. It’s not a different club, but it’s a different team. They are familiar surroundings, but saying that they have got a nice, new fancy training ground and probably the best facilities in League 2.

“If you show a potential signing Bragbury End, it’s a massive selling point. It’s great as a player to work in those surroundings. It’s self-contained in terms of the gym, the ice bath, the physio room, the food area and the match analysis facilities.

“The standard of pitches we have to work on, it’s phenomenal for a League 2 side.”

In his first stint at Boro, the striker played 119 games for Stevenage scoring 22 goals. He spent last season at Bristol Rovers, who were relegated from the football league.

“I don’t think [the league]was as physical as it was back in 10/11 from what I saw last season.

“Back in 10/11 when we first came up we struggled with it, but we found our feet and got promoted.

“I think in League 2 you have to be able to win different ways, and to do that you need a good blend of experience and youth.”


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