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Beckford targets more of same after impressive Everton debut season

Everton striker Jermaine Beckford feels he has improved as a player after joining the Toffees from League One Leeds just a year ago. The 27-year-old scored 10 goals in his debut campaign.

The former Chelsea trainee is now focused on establishing himself as a regular in David Moyes' side.

He told the club's official website: "As a striker you want to score in every game and that is my aim as a footballer.

"I feel like I have improved here, largely because I am playing with better players and over the course of last season I got to know their games and they got to know mine.

"Also I have not been used to playing as a one up top and that is something I have had to get used to and hopefully people have been able to see a slight improvement.

"My aim now is to come back, have a really good pre-season, get into the team straight away and stay there. If that does not happen then so be it but you can be sure I'll still be working hard in training and putting myself in the frame for a regular start.

"I am more than happy at the club and with what I have achieved so far. It was good to get into double figures in my first season and hopefully next year I can get even more."

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