Notts County tell Craig Beattie: "Get fit and we'll talk."
NOTTS County have told Craig Beattie: "Get fit and we'll talk."
Magpies' boss Keith Curle is a big admirer of the 29-year-old St Johnstone striker and looked at bringing him to Meadow Lane to replace Lee Hughes.
But after seeing him train with the club for a week, he has decided not to make a move for the Scot right now because he's not fit.
After snubbing a move to Notts in the summer to join the Saints, Beattie has been injured for a lot of this season and has only played two games as a sub in the SPL.
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He is back in Scotland now – but Curle says he will closely monitor his progress.
"He came down and we had a look at him in training, but he's not at the level of fitness where I was ready to offer him a loan deal," said Curle.
"I can't sign somebody on loan to get them fit.
"They have got to come straight in and make an impact.
"I told him he needs to go and get some games and get back to where he was before I can entertain the idea to bringing him here on loan.
"If I went to the chairman and said I want to bring in a player that has not played for three or four months he would say 'no' and rightly so."
Curle knows Beattie, having coached him at Crystal Palace a few years ago.
"I like Craig because I know what he was like a few years ago," he added.
"He's lost a little bit of confidence because of his injury and he needs to get that back again.
"He needs to play some games, either in the first team or reserves at St Johnstone and then we can look at it again."