'The Beast' raring to go

Last updated : 13 January 2006 By Richard Brown

The former Barnsley and Manchester City midfielder joined the club earlier this week from Bradford City, agreeing a loan deal that will see him remain with the Magpies until the end of the season.

After completing the move, Crooks is looking to mark his 28th birthday with an impressive debut at Adams Park, as the Magpies travel to table-topping Wycombe Wanderers in the, seemingly, blind-hope of halting their dismal away run.

And, despite with his long-term future not with the Magpies, the combative midfield man – affectionately nicknamed ‘The Beast’ by manager Gudjon Thordarson upon his arrival – has pledged his commitment to the Magpies’ promotion-push.

Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, Crooks said "The gaffer nicknamed me that at Barnsley and it looks to have stuck now I am with him again. But if it makes him feel good, then it is OK."

"If there is a tackle there to be won, I will be in there – I like a good tackle. I hope I can improve the team because that is what I have been brought here to do and I will add a bit of experience."

"The lads have been fantastic all week and we want to mount a play-off push. Realistically we are not too far away and a couple more wins and we are right in there. The play-offs are our goal," he added.

"We have got to go down there and be positive and try to get something out of the game."

For post-match verdict from Causeway Stadium, be sure to check back to NCM over the weekend.