Leeds United are pleased to confirm that striker...
Leeds United are pleased to confirm that striker Jermaine Beckford will be staying on at Elland Road for the remaining duration of his contract.
Conversations have been ongoing with the player and his representative since a transfer request was handed in on December 30.
The subsequent public knowledge of his transfer request has not been helpful in terms of stability, but having spoken with Jermaine all parties have decided it is in everyone's best interests that he stays until the end of the season and continues to help the club's bid for promotion.
This is despite several financial offers that have been made to the club.
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson said: "What we have achieved over the past 12 months has been a team effort by everyone and I'm delighted we have resolved this situation to assist us achieve what we are aiming to achieve.
"The whole squad has done terrifically over the season so far and the most important thing is that we continue what we have been doing.
"Promotion is our main aim, but we are still in two cup competitions and have plenty of football to come over the next few months.
"I'm keen to draw a line under the situation and now we can all move on together.
"I never wanted Jermaine to leave and we have turned down offers for him. We could have cashed in, knowing what could happen at the end of the season, but the chairman has backed me all the way, and it demonstrates what we are looking to achieve.
"Jermaine has always given 100 per cent and hopefully his goals will play a big part for us over the next few months."
JERMAINE SPELLS OUT HIS PROMOTION DESIRE