Jermaine Beckford has revealed that he was hoping to stay at Leeds United after their promotion from League One back in 2010.
The prolific forward ended up sealing a switch to Everton in the Premier League, although he never quite hit the ground running there like he did at Elland Road.
Leeds managed some level of success in the Championship under Simon Grayson, but without Beckford alongside Luciano Becchio, it wasn’t going to be easy.
Andy Hughes questioned Beckford on the topic during a live watch along on Leeds’ official YouTube channel on Friday, claiming that the rest of the squad knew it would be his final game for the club.
Beckford responded, admitting that he would have preferred to remain in West Yorkshire despite his close relationship with the board at Everton.
“If I’m honest, I was hoping that as soon as we got promoted, there’d be a contract put on the table,” he said.
“That’s what I was hoping, and there was a big part of me that thought to myself, you know what, as long as we win this and we get promoted, there definitely will be.”
It’s hard to say that Leeds have ever replaced a striker such as Beckford, with the likes of Ross McCormack the only one to have gotten close to those sort of levels.
Beckford still went down as a legend at Elland Road, but it is easy to sit back and think what could have happened if he stayed with the Whites instead of leaving, as he said that he would like to have done.
Like Hughes said though, the rest of the squad knew that it would be his final game, so maybe there is much more to the story than Beckford is letting on.
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