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Done deal: Jermaine Beckford signs permanent deal with newly-promoted Preston

Jermaine Beckford

Preston have secured the signing of Jermaine Beckford on a two-year contract.

Preston North End have confirmed on their official website that striker Jermaine Beckford has signed a two-year deal with the club.

Beckford, 31, had fallen out of favour at Bolton this past season, and chose to join his former Leeds boss Simon Grayson at Preston, having also worked together at Huddersfield Town.

After a slow start to his loan spell at Deepdale, Beckford exploded into life towards the end of the season, finishing the campaign with 18 goals to his name for the Lilywhites - as well as producing stunning displays in the play-offs.

Beckford scored six of Preston's eight goals in their successful play-off campaign, including a hat-trick in the final against Swindon Town as Preston returned to the Championship after four years away.

Bolton allowed Beckford to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of his contract, and he has now chosen to stay at Deepdale, penning a two-year contract with the club as they gear up for the new Championship season.

Beckford had been an alleged target for former club Leeds, with the Yorkshire Evening Post recently reporting that Leeds had spoken to the player's representatives - only to decide not to pursue a deal, leaving him free to join Preston permanently.

That means Beckford will now be lining up against Leeds next term, as he and Grayson prepare to return to Elland Road in the coming season.

Upon signing for North End, Beckford said that the management had a big part to play in his move - whilst adding that it was a 'no brainer' after his successful loan spell.

"The management are a big reason, we have just a good understanding and relationship and it was a no brainer really," said Beckford. "I had a great time last season and everybody here, the staff, players, have just been amazing with me and it's somewhere that feels like home."

"My aim is to get as high up the league as possible, hopefully push for promotion but first and foremost it's about making sure that we do things right, like we did last year. Last season was a great season for us and for me I just want to make sure that I give everything that I can give and do the best that I can do," he added.

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