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Becks Happy To Be Back

1 November 2016

PNE's Jermaine Beckford is happy to be back on the pitch for North End after a spell on the sidelines.

Beckford made his return from the bench on Saturday against Newcastle United and certainly made an impact during his time on the pitch, playing his part in the first goal before being denied a penalty in the final seconds of the game. 

Despite the frustration of the result at the weekend, the striker is happy to be back playing and is enjoying training with the squad day in day out once again, along with fellow forward Stevie May, who is nearing a return after almost a year out with a knee injury. 

Speaking of his return, Jermaine said: "I'm feeling really good, I'm feeling happy and strong myself and all I need is match fitness. We are doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get the minutes into me and I'm loving it.

"As I've said many, many times before, I take each day as a blessing and I'm enjoying myself so much.  

"It's really good to be outside again and it's really good to see Stevie May outside as well, taking into account everything he has been through. 

"He is looking really good in training, he's putting himself about, he's working really hard and it's nice to see." 

The 32-year-old admits he isn't a good watcher of football, but the recent form of Simon Grayson's side did soften the blow ever so slightly. 

"It has [been easier] because obviously the results have been really good and we have taken a lot of points from the last four or five games that have been really difficult. 

"But at the same time you always want to be involved in it and that's the hardest part."

After making his return in front of a plus 20,000 crowd at Deepdale on Saturday, Beckford praised the PNE faithful for their support and the togetherness of the club at the moment. 

"I know it's a cliche but it's like we have got a 12th man, don't get me wrong the Newcastle fans were brilliant as well but it's so nice to see the Preston supporters making the stadium bounce even more. It's a great feeling and it's a great atmosphere to play in.  

"Taking into account what had happened a few days before, it was a great reaction from the guys and it's just nice to see that the fans see what is going on and appreciate all of the work that's going on behind the scenes to make sure something like that didn't happen again.

"Of course we lost the game which was unfortunate but it didn't feel like a loss because of the reaction of the fans and the reaction of the players, the staff and everyone and it's a testament to everyone involved." 

To hear more from Jermaine on his return, the weekend's game and teammate Stevie May, head to PNE PlayerHD by clicking on the video below. 


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