The 28-year-old started his career at Mansfield Town after graduating from their youth setup. After two years at The Stags, he left the League Two side and had spells at Woksop, Doncaster and Kidderminster before returning to Mansfield.
However, early into the new season, Beardsley unfortunately suffered a broken leg, keeping him out of action for a year. Beardsley then ended his ties with Mansfield in 2007 by joining Rushden and Diamonds permanently after impressing on a loan spell there.
Spells at York, Kettering and a second stint at Kidderminster followed before he signed for Stevenage.
Beardsley scored on his debut for Stevenage and remained in Hertfordshire for three years, helping the club achieve their greatest ever feat with back to back promotions up to League One.
He joined Preston after a successful first season in League One, where he finished Stevenage’s top goal scorer with ten goals in all competitions.
But North End’s number 20’s talents don’t just stop at football as he holds a degree in journalism.