Beckford ready to make step up

Jermaine Beckford is confident of scoring goals in the Premier League after signing a four-year contract with Everton.

The 26-year-old striker was prolific with former club Leeds United after scoring 85 goals in 150 appearances during his time at Elland Road.

The unsettled striker was released by the promoted League One club at the weekend after signalling his intention not to sign a new contract ahead of the end of his existing deal this summer.

The former non-league striker had been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees and Beckford does not believe the step up to the top-flight will be too much to overcome.

"I've been fortunate enough to score goals at the clubs that I've been at and hopefully I will be able to do that here as well," he declared.

"I am excited by it. It's going to be a test, I know that, but I am looking forward to it.

"I want to test myself at the highest level and luckily for me, (manager) David Moyes showed an interest in me, showed some faith in me and hopefully I can repay that.

"I've been impressed a lot by him. He seems like the type of guy who will sit down and tell you where you're going wrong, what you're doing right and what you might need to work on.

"It is a club I can learn from and it can help me develop into a better player.

"Fingers crossed, I can be really involved in taking this club where it wants to be."

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