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Beckford Joins The Lilywhites

20 November 2014

Bolton Wanderers striker Jermaine Beckford has signed an emergency loan deal at Deepdale until January 2015.

And the two clubs have agreed that the former Leeds United and Everton front man will complete a season long deal once the transfer window opens again in the new year.

Beckford, 30, had a prolific spell under PNE boss Simon Grayson at Elland Road, scoring 85 goals in just 132 starts, including 31 in all competitions as the Whites won promotion to the Championship in 2010, including the all-important winner on the final day of the season against Bristol Rovers.

His efforts for the Yorkshire outfit, including famously scoring the winner at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the FA Cup, earned the Jamaican international a move to the Premier League and he scored ten goals in his first season in the top flight with Everton.

Spells at Leicester City and another prolific spell of nine goals in just 21 games on loan under Grayson again at Huddersfield Town followed, before joining Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2013.

This season he has made 16 appearances for the Trotters, scoring twice and he has been given the No.10 shirt at Deepdale, going straight into contention for Saturday’s trip to table-toppers Bristol City.

Speaking about his latest recruit, manager Simon Grayson said: “You only want to bring in players that you feel will enhance the squad and add to the level of competition that you have and we feel that Jermaine will do that.

“I have worked with him twice before and he has a fantastic goal record. He has played in the Premier League and everyone knows what he is about and I think it’s a big coup for us.”

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