Beckford withdraws request

17 January 2010 03:13
Striker Jermaine Beckford has withdrawn his transfer request and pledged his 'immediate future' to Leeds United. The 20-goal striker had demanded to leave Elland Road in the wake of his winning goal which dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup two weeks ago. Newcastle United had been linked with the former Wealdstone hot-shot, but Beckford now insists he wants to see the season out with the Whites. "After a lot of thinking over the last few days I have decided to withdraw my transfer request and commit my immediate future to Leeds United," he told the club's official website. "It was never a comfortable decision to ask for a transfer in the first place, but after the game against Manchester United and the unbelievable reaction from the Leeds United supporters in the Wycombe match, I have decided I want to finish what I have been striving to do for the last two seasons - and that is to help promote Leeds United out of a division which the club doesn't belong." Manager Simon Grayson added: "I'm keen to draw a line under the situation and now we can all move on together."

Source: ESA