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BECKFORD LOAN DEAL EXTENDED

24 December 2012

Striker staying at Town for the season

Huddersfield Town has today agreed a deal to extended the loan of striker Jermaine Beckford from Leicester City for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.

The 29 year-old joined the Terriers on a 93 day Emergency Loan in late September and has netted three goals in seven starts for the Club, with his playing time curtailed by a hamstring injury.

With the original loan deal expiring after the home clash with Sheffield Wednesday on December 29, Simon Grayson has moved to extend the loan until 31 May 2013 inclusive.

Jermaine will not be available to play against Leicester City.

Huddersfield Town Manager Simon Grayson told htafc.com:

"We're delighted that Jermaine wants to stay and that Leicester have agreed to the deal. I think people have seen his qualities and what he can bring to this football club when he's been in the team. He has a real hunger and desire to succeed here and do well for us.

"Unfortunately we've missed Jermaine a bit through injury, but hopefully he will get a clear run now and get plenty of games and goals under his belt. Jermaine has no history of long term injuries and unfortunately these things just happen at times. He's a very highly-tuned athlete and we've just been a little bit unfortunate. We've missed other players for spells this season and that just happens in football.

"Hopefully we can get the best out of him from now until the end of the season, because a fit Jermaine Beckford will get goals. He is a threat in the opposition's area and that's what we need."

Jermaine Beckford added:

"This decision came naturally, as the Manager and the players have shown a lot of faith in me. It feels like the right place to be right now.

"The reaction of the fans always plays a part in this sort of decision too, because they are the fabled 12th man. For the Huddersfield Town fans to take me in like they have done is a contributing factor to me wanting to extend the loan.

"The injury has been frustrating though, to put it mildly; I'm fortunate enough that I've never really been injured throughout my career. To have scored in half the games that I've played in so far is a nice feeling, but at the same time I would have liked to have scored much more. There's lots of time left in the season though.

"As the Manager has said, everybody's main aim here is to stay in this division; if we can do that, everyone will be happy. Personally I feel we have a little bit more than what's needed simply to stay in this division and without putting any pressure on any of the boys, I don't think we'll be far off the Play-Offs."

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