Beattie, who signed for the Blues from Southampton for £6m in January 2005, scored 15 goals in 85 appearances before joining Sheffield United in 2007. Since then he has featured for Stoke, Rangers and Blackpool, but has been a free agent since his second spell at Bramall Lane ended in the summer. He has moved to the Lancashire club as player-coach. Beattie’s former Blackburn team-mate, Leam Richardson, is Accrington boss and said:
“It’s massive for the club and for myself.
“First and foremost he’s a quality player. He’s 34 but he still thinks he’s 24 and he’s already talked about scoring goals.
“I had a couple of nice conversations with him over a cup of a coffee and it was evident that it could be a good move for both parties.
“We’ve had a good relationship since our Blackburn days.
“Being a coach as well will be a nice role for him to pass his experience on to the young lads here.”
“I’m delighted to be here,” said Beattie (below).
“The coaching role has put another angle on things for me but I’ve signed a playing contract so I want to get involved in that as soon as possible.
“If there’s anything I can lend to Leam and the coaching staff here then that’ll be great.” Chief executive Rob Heys said: He will be great for Accrington Stanley.”