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Beattie joins Accrington as player-coach

James Beattie
James Beattie had been a free agent since leaving Sheffield United in the summer. Credit: accringtonstanley.co.uk

Accrington Stanley have confirmed the signing of former Southampton, Everton and Sheffield United striker James Beattie as player-coach, according to the club's official website.

The 34-year-old, who won five England caps, has agreed an initial deal until January, having joined as a free agent after leaving Sheffield United in May.

James Beattie
Beattie returns to Lancashire, where he came through the youth ranks at Blackburn Rovers. Credit: PA

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Mingoia and Whichelow make Stanley movce

Piero Mingoia
Piero Mingoia joins Accrington on a one-month deal. Credit: PA

Watford duo Piero Mingoia and Matty Whichelow have joined League Two Accrington Stanley on loan. Midfielder Mingoia will be with the club for a month, and Whichelow will stay for three.

Matty Whichelow
Matty Whichelow has made five appearances for Watford. Credit: PA

Eck of a deal

Tom Eckersley
Accrington Stanley defender Tom Eckersley. Credit: PA

Paul Cook has signed defender Tom Eckersley on a one-year contract following a successful trial. The former Bolton man joined up with Accrington for a pre-season trial, and impressed the manager enough to earn a deal.

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