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Grayson: What made new deal for Beckford more difficult

Former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has explained how a new deal for Jermaine Beckford was made more difficult at Preston.

Former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson told Radio Yorkshire what he feels made Preston’s contract renewal for Jermaine Beckford more remarkable.

Beckford was being linked with a move back to Elland Road by the Daily Mail, but eventually signed a new contract to continue playing under Grayson and the ex-boss has explained why the situation was made tenser for his current side.

“The thing with Preston is we’re two or three weeks behind everyone else because of the play-off final – We’ve had a Plan A and a Plan B (over Beckford) and fortunately for us, it looks like Plan A will be put into fruition now,” he said.

A Beckford return would have been a fantastic coup for Leeds but the club have since moved on and confirmed a deal for striker Lee Erwin yesterday, who joins from Motherwell.

A fresh face was needed in the Leeds United attack for next season and Erwin is someone who has all of the attributes needed to help the club move forward in the next few months.

What worked against Leeds with a deal for Beckford was the fact that Preston won promotion into the Championship via the League One play-off final.

Had they stayed in the third tier of English football, Leeds would have had a better chance of doing a deal for Beckford because they represented a step up in terms of level.

Leeds and Preston both have big challenges ahead of them over the course of the next season and it will be interesting to see which striker out of Beckford and Erwin comes out on top by this time next year.

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