PROC­TER’S GAM­BLE

Andy re­turns to Ac­cring­ton as player and joins Man City as youth physio

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

ANDY PROC­TER may have earned a big move to Premier League cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City off the pitch, but he says Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley re­main his sole fo­cus on it.

Stan­ley boss James Beat­tie swooped on dead­line day to se­cure the ser­vices of the 31-year-old mid­fielder, who had pre­vi­ously spent ten years at the Crown Ground.

In his time away – first with Preston and most re­cently Bury – Proc­ter grad­u­ated with a phys­io­ther­apy de­gree and com­pleted a work place­ment at Manch­ester City, work­ing with the club’s academy play­ers.

Proc­ter is in no doubt his foot­ball ca­reer comes first for now, but knows the ca­reer he wants to pur­sue next – par­tic­u­larly as Stan­ley physio Paul Mor­gan was one of his class-mates at Sal­ford Univer­sity.

“The long-term goal is to go into phys­io­ther­apy, though it’s be­com­ing as com­pet­i­tive for jobs as pro foot­ball,” said Proc­ter.

“I have been work­ing at the Manch­ester City academy. It’s un­be­liev­able how much I’ve learned and how they have helped me de­velop.

“I try and keep out of the Paul Mor­gan’s room at Ac­cring­ton though be­cause I’ve learned that in­juries seem to be con­ta­gious!”

Decade

Proc­ter spent almost two years away from Stan­ley, but re­mained liv­ing in Ac­cring­ton through­out his time with Preston and Bury.

John Cole­man was Stan­ley boss through­out the Eng­land C in­ter­na­tional Proc­ter’s decade-long spell in which he made more than 400 ap­pear­ances for the club.

Now Beat­tie is in charge and Proc­ter says: “I had my first train­ing ses­sion on Thurs­day, so it’s dif­fi­cult for me to com­pare James Beat­tie with John Cole­man. But from first im­pres­sions you can tell in­stantly how pro­fes­sional he is.

“From in­still­ing a cer­tain way of play­ing, to en­sur­ing we’re all eat­ing right, he knows what it takes.

“He’s try­ing to do ev­ery­thing right from top to bot­tom. Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley get un­fairly la­belled as a Non-League club, but we’re an es­tab­lished Foot­ball League club mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“Since I’ve been away they’ve re­laid the pitch. The sea­son I left they had ter­ri­ble prob­lems with the drainage, but now you wouldn’t think it was the same sta­dium.”

Proc­ter played once against Ac­cring­ton for Bury last sea­son – the Shak­ers win­ning 3-0.

He was not in­volved as the pair met again last week when Bury tri­umphed 2-1, but Proc­ter saw enough to con­vince he had made the right move.

“Ac­cring­ton were the bet­ter team,” he said. “They were com­fort­able for 60 to 70 min­utes and although they ended up los­ing, if the per­for­mances con­tinue like that the re­sults will come.”

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FIGHT­ING FIT: Andy Proc­ter is back at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley

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