Beardow hoping to one day play with his son
SORRY Football Far North Coast men's premier division defenders - Darren Beardow is not going anywhere yet.
The experienced midfielder, who has been among the league's star performers for most of the past two decades, has started pre-season preparations with his club ahead of the forthcoming season.
Always a consistent performer, the 39-year-old should play a key part in his club's 2013 campaign.
Beardow is also eyeing eventually playing alongside 12-year-old son Mitchell, who is already a star in the club's junior ranks.
"I would love be out there with Mitchell," he said.
"He can do all the running for us!
"I want to play alongside my son and am hoping in three or four years to play seniors with him, whatever grade that may be.
"It would be a great buzz to see him out there and a proud moment for me."
A multiple player of the year in the top division, Beardow, who has been with the club since juniors, is still charging up his batteries for the season ahead.
"I don't do much in the off-season," he said.
"It takes a while to get into it. It is getting harder but I still love the game.
"I love the family atmosphere (at Thistles) andI have made some good friends here and at other clubs."
Beardow pinpointed Workers, Richmond Rovers and Byron Bay as the likely threats to his side in 2013.
The father-of-three said he was expecting another big year for his side under coach Paul Parmenter.
"I think we will have another good year," he said.
"We are aiming for a finals spot as a minimum.
"We have picked up a couple of good young guys and we should go well."
A junior coach with his club, Beardow has a simple formula for his longevity.
"I always try to stay one pass ahead of the game," he said.
"It is about trying to have that vision of seeing where the ball is going - and making sure there's not too much running involved!
"I will keep playing as long as I can (and) I am still keen for the game."