Beadle sets sights on Boro starting role

Jimmy Beadle fires home one of his six goals last season
Jimmy Beadle fires home one of his six goals last season

Jimmy Beadle is vowing to hang onto a starting role in the Scarborough Athletic midfield

The 30-year-old was frustrated by his game-time last season, but after claiming a taste of starting action on Tuesday night in the win at Bridlington Town, Beadle is keen for more.

"I spoke to the gaffer (Steve Kittrick) and he told me that he wants me to play in a holding midfield role this season because of my passing range," he said.

"I played there the other night against Brid and I really enjoyed it. I felt comfortable and I was a bit disappointed when I came off.

"Apart from the past couple of seasons I have always played in midfield. I was seen as more of a striker last season, but I recognise that I'm not going to get in ahead of Wally (James Walshaw) if he is fit.

"It gives you the chance to get on the ball and I make sure I'm always there as an option. Getting a bit more time on the ball will allow me to get a few shots off as well, it is always nice to score a goal or two."

Boro may have gained promotion in their first season in the Flamingo Land Stadium last time out, but Beadle did find things a touch frustrating.

He added: "I picked up an injury against South Shields early in the season and it ruined me a bit, I didn't get much of a chance after that.

"We were promoted and it was our first season back in Scarborough, which was perfect, but on a personal note it was a little frustrating because I didn't get that much game time.

"My plan now is to get in that starting 11 in pre-season and to keep that place when the season gets underway.

"We have a good amount of games and four weeks left until the season kicks off, which will give me plenty of time.

"The competition for places is ideal for me, we have signed some good lads across the board and that will drive me on."

Being named club joker by his teammates in The Scarborough News Ten To Tackle feature last season, Beadle is already enjoying the banter of Boro's new faces.

"It was a bit hard last time out in pre-season because there were so many players and you couldn't get to know everyone," Beadle said.

"We have 18 or 19 now, which is spot on because everyone is getting game time and it is a bit more close-knit.

"I've known lads like Kev Burgess and Leon Scott for a while, they are great for any dressing room because they just want to win.

"The other lads are starting to come out of their shells a bit as well, so that is good.

"We haven't had a bad egg in our dressing room for a long time now, which is what you want at a club.

"I think if we had, we'd all make sure that we'd got rid of them as a dressing room because we are all together in there and you don't want anything or anybody causing problems."