Beck to the future for PNE

Preston have signed striker Jermaine Beckford on loan from Bolton
Preston have signed striker Jermaine Beckford on loan from Bolton
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Simon Grayson has turned to a familiar face in Jermaine Beckford as he looks for more goals to help Preston North End sustain a determined promotion push.

The 30-year-old front man joined PNE on loan from Bolton Wanderers yesterday and was due to train with his new team-mates for the first time this morning.

He has initially signed on an emergency loan until January when it will turn into a loan for the remainder of the season.

Beckford goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s visit to Bristol City.

Lilywhites boss Grayson worked with Beckford at both Leeds and Huddersfield.

A glut of goals from him in League One fired Leeds to promotion in 2010.

Two years later, Beckford was reunited with Grayson when joining Huddersfield on loan and he had another goal burst there.

Talks between Preston and Bolton over the loan deal reached a successful conclusion yesterday morning.

After finishing training with Wanderers, Beckford travelled to Deepdale to complete the paperwork.

He has been given the No.10 shirt which has been vacant since Stuart Beavon’s move to Burton Albion.

Beckford said: “I have worked with the management team before – I know what they are all about and they know what I’m about.

“I’m looking forward to working with them again.

“The boys here have scored lots of goals this season and last season, something I’m hoping to help continue.

“Bristol City away is a great test to start with and if I could play some part in a good result I would be over the moon.”

Beckford started his career with Leeds as trainee, one of the stand-out moments being scoring the winner against Manchester United in an 
FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.

His goals took him to the Premier League with Everton but after a season there he was sold to Leicester for £3m.

In July last year the Jamaica international joined Bolton, where he has scored 11 goals.

Beckford might not be the only signing ahead of the close of the loan window next Thursday, with PNE seeking to further bolster the squad.

There could well be loan exits too for those in need of first-team football.

Meanwhile, Grayson is looking forward to seeing Preston take on leaders Bristol City in League One’s match of the day.

Although PNE are out of form having lost their three league games, Grayson views the visit to Ashton Gate as an opportunity to raise standards against a side who are setting the pace at the summit.

The Robins tasted defeat for the first time last week at Swindon, so both sides will be on a mission to rediscover the winning feeling. Grayson said: “We go there in good spirits – we are certainly not down on confidence despite the results we’ve had.

“If anything that will spur us on to try and get a good result.

“This is the biggest game in our division this weekend, two big teams who I expect to be up there at the end of the season.

“They have some big threats but Bristol City will be looking at us and thinking we are a really decent group.”