Having made the potentially daunting leap from Npower League One to the Barclays Premier League last summer, Jermaine Beckford is delighted at how is first season in the top flight turned out.
The 27-year-old swapped Elland Road for Goodison Park last year having secured Leeds' promotion - and caught Everton's attention - with 25 goals in the league.
It took Beckford a while to get going at his new club - as he readily admits - as he waited until mid-November to net for Everton for the first time, but ended the season as the Toffees' joint top scorer.
The striker netted ten times in the league to tie with Louis Saha, with his final goal a sensational solo winner against Chelsea on the last day of the campaign
Everton boss David Moyes described the goal as a 'Roy of the Rovers moment' and Beckford can look back on a maiden Barclays Premier League season with fond memories.
“It has really worked out,” Beckford told evertontv. “The facilities, the support, everything about the place – it is a really big club.
“As a player you want to play in every single game and as a striker you want to score in every single game, but if you want to play for a club as big as this then you have to be patient and work hard.”
“The start to the season did not really make things more difficult for me. Points-wise we could have probably done better but with the group we have got, the talent and how tight everyone is then I think we always thought we would be okay."
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