Bury Bag Beckford
One of the three players released by Preston, Jermaine Beckford has found himself a new club. North End's former Leeds, Everton and Leicester forward has joined Bury on a two year deal.
Beckford, limited to four Championship starts for Preston, scoring one goal, will look to get back to his very best at League One level, where he enjoyed much success in helping North End to promotion in the past after signing from Bolton.
Bury already have the prolific James Vaughan at Gigg Lane and Shakers boss Lee Clark, quoted by Sky Sports, has said Beckford, 33, has been signed to partner Vaughan, not replace him.
Clark said: 'He's not, we have brought Jermaine to Bury so he can play alongside James. They have played alongside each other before and I want them to rekindle that partnership in a Bury shirt.'
Beckford and Vaughan had previously played alongside each other at Huddersfield, most likely under Bury boss Clark?
On his signing Beckford added: 'I'm just so excited about being given the chance to play football and the vision that has been shown to me by the manager and the chairman just blew my mind.'
He (Beckford) was a striker Simon Grayson allowed to leave Preston by choice, the boss will hope Jordan Hugill, 24, will decide to remain at Deepdale though.
According to HITC Championship rivals Wolves have made a £2m offer for North End's top goalscorer, a couple of bids from Ipswich were turned down in January.