Grayson: We were always worried about potentially losing Jermaine Beckford

Former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says he was always worried about the realistic possibility of losing Jermaine Beckford at Preston.

Former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson admitted to Radio Yorkshire that he was always a little bit worried about the possibility of losing Jermaine Beckford.

Beckford recently signed a new contract to continue playing under Grayson at Preston North End and while not revealing Leeds as one of the club’s interested in signing him, he’s admitted that there was always a slight worry that he may lose his star man.

“I’m delighted Jermaine has settled in so quickly and is enjoying his football – We were always worried with the season he had that some teams were going to take an interest and there were,” he said.

Beckford remains a popular figure around Elland Road because of his impact and consistency when he was a Leeds United player.

However, he and both of the clubs in question have since moved on and Leeds fans will have to prepare themselves for a season of watching Beckford in the attack of another team.

As far as they will be concerned, they have signed a very good striker in the form of Lee Erwin, who is someone well suited to taking the club forward over the next few seasons.

Erwin has the same height, power and presence as Beckford but he doesn’t have the Championship experience and it will be interesting to see how he does as he goes about life at the club.

It would have been a nice fairy tale for Beckford to end up back at Leeds and while Grayson may always have been worried over the interest in him, it seems that Beckford was always going to sign on the dotted line.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch