How Gary Madine has helped mentor Jake Beesley since joining Blackpool

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Head coach Neil Critchley admits Beesley has had to remain patient over the past three months, having been sidelined by Madine’s excellent form.

Despite the fierce competition, Beesley and Madine have struck up a great relationship – as seen on Monday when Madine waited to kiss her team-mate near the tunnel at half-time.

“What a guy Gary is,” Beesley told The Gazette.

“From the minute I arrived, he kind of took me under his wing. It’s amazing to have around.

Madine was the first to congratulate Beesley on his first Seasiders goal

“He’s got so much experience, he’s a really good player and he’s a top guy.

“We are all pretty close. Not just the strikers, but all the guys. It’s a tight-knit group.

“I think the strikers all offer something different and we all like to learn from each other and bounce off each other, it’s a great group.”

Beesley added: “It’s always tough coming to a new club in January, getting used to a new style, new guys, new coaches and everything.

“In pre-season I have to get back in shape and then get a good idea, which I have already done.”

Having scored his first goals for the Seasiders, Beesley is now hoping to earn some playing time in the final four games of Pool’s campaign – starting with tomorrow’s clash against Luton Town.

“That’s the plan,” added Beesley.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, keep learning from good management, good coaching and see what happens. But I’m enjoying it.

“The Championship is a very physical league, you have to be stronger, you have to be able to run.

“You have to have a lot of strings to your bow. It’s a big step forward, but luckily I stepped up against Birmingham.

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