Cork City’s Steven Beattie has backed Sean Maguire to come back strongly from his recent injury while also claiming that the Preston striker’s girlfriend is more famous than him.
In an interview with Irish Football Fan TV, the 29-year-old gave an insight into his much-travelled career. The versatile Dubliner played in the United States, Puerto Rico and Iceland prior to coming to the League of Ireland in 2013.
Beattie has represented Bohemians and Sligo Rovers in his native land and was part of the double-winning Cork City side last season.
During the interview, Beattie discussed his injury problems in the past with the question put to him about the importance of possessing talent and hard work. These are two traits that he claims ex-teammate Sean Maguire has in abundance and that he will bounce back from his recent injury setback.
“He can relate to what I’ve been through, obviously he’s at a level now that I wasn’t at but regards to the mental side of it he’s still only young and has loads of time on his hands.
“He’s dealing with it great to be fair. The way he thinks, he’s very strong mentally and he’ll be back.”
Beattie also claimed, tongue in cheek, that Maguire’s girlfriend, Claudia Rose Long, is actually more famous on the streets of Cork than the striker himself.
“She’s actually more famous than Seanie. He was doing well for Cork, he was banging in the goals and was walking down Cork main street with Claudia hand in hand. This young fella comes up and asks for a picture and Seanie starts fixing his hair.
“He asked ‘who are you?’ then goes over to Claudia. Seanie had to take the phone and take the picture for him. He went bright red and Claudia said ‘I’m more famous than you’.”
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Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena