Jermaine Beckford hit the big time when he was signed by Leeds United from non-league Wealdstone FC as a 23 year old, making his senior debut for Leeds just a week after joining the club in 2006, Jermaine went on to make over 150 appearances whilst with the Elland Road based club. He joined Premiership side Everton on a free transfer in March 2010, ironically to replace a departing James Vaughan, and made 34 appearances and scoring eight goals, before securing a £3m pound move to Leicester City in August 2011.
Jermaine has also played for Championship sides Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers before joining Preston North End in November 2014. He joins the Shakers on a free transfer having been released from Deepdale earlier this month.
His arrival at Gigg Lane brings experience and goals, and his expected partnership with James Vaughan, with whom he played at Huddersfield, will hopefully bring goals for both players during the 2017/18 season.
A player with just short of 400 appearances to his name and 160 goals during his career, Jermaine has signed a two-year deal with the Shakers.
Speaking to buryfc.co.uk, Manager Lee Clark said: -
“Thankfully we got in very quickly when we heard that Jermaine had been released by Preston. This shows our intent and I have no doubt that there will be a few disappointed Championship and League One clubs once they hear the news that we have secured his signature.
Jermaine is a renowned goal scorer, a player that has been involved in two League One sides getting promoted to the Championship. I met him and showed the lad around Carrington and was very impressed with his character, determination and his personality. He was impressed with the facility that we have in the training ground and by the ambition shown by the Chairman and the Club.
For us to get Jermaine over the line and make him our first summer signing, shows our intent and what we are trying to do. I’m absolutely delighted to get him in and it’s a credit to the Chairman who has got us over the line in getting this deal done so early in the summer.
A lot of people will be thinking that Jermaine has been brought in to replace James Vaughan. He’s not, we have brought Jermaine to Bury so he can play alongside James. They have played alongside each other before and I want them to rekindle that partnership in a Bury shirt.”
Speaking soon after putting pen to paper, Jermaine Beckford said: -
"I'm just so excited about being given the chance to play football and the vision that has been shown to me by the manager and the chairman just blew my mind.
I'm excited about getting involved and helping this club get to the next level. The motivation for me to come to Bury is the overall project that the chairman and manager have explained to me. I'm excited to be a part of it and just want to get going as soon as we can."