No Beckford cash bonus for Wealdstone
PUBLISHED: 12:26 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010
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WEALDSTONE'S chances of receiving a future cash boost from Leeds United took a hit on Sunday when the League One side suffered heartbreak in their play-off final. Stones sold Jermaine Beckford...
By Ben Pearce
WEALDSTONE'S chances of receiving a future cash boost from Leeds United took a hit on Sunday when the League One side suffered heartbreak in their play-off final.
Stones sold Jermaine Beckford to the Lancashire club for £70,000 in February 2006, and would have been eligible for further payments if the 25-year-old had won promotion to the Championship and then gone up again to the Premier League.
However that chance now looks less likely after Doncaster came out on top 1-0 at Wembley and secured promotion, and Stones will now have to wait until Beckford plays more games for Leeds or is sold before they will profit financially from their former prodigy.
"We wouldn't have got any money if Leeds had gone up to the Championship", manager Gordon Bartlett told the Times. "He would need to be in the Premier League for that to happen.
"There were lots of little things in the deal but basically until he plays a lot more games for Leeds, or they get into the Premier League, or they sell him on, we won't be getting any more money for him."
Bartlett also revealed that Beckford nearly left Stones for Watford instead, but Leeds came in with a better offer to steal the striker away from their then Championship rivals.
Ironically that season Watford beat Leeds in the play-off final and were promoted, and the very next season Leeds were relegated to League One.
"Jermaine nearly went to Watford and if he had he would have played in the Premier League," reflected Bartlett. "But you never know how these things are going to work out, that's just the nature of football.
"Although we eventually sold Jermaine to Leeds, we've still got a very good relationship with Watford as a result and we're still reaping the benefits of that connection today."
"We've had a number of their boys here on loan and I like to think we've furthered their football education," said Bartlett. "John O'Toole was here for a while and he's now a member of the Watford first team.
"Liam Henderson and Dale Bennett were here this season and they've now both got pro contracts, and Theo Robinson has been loaned out to Hereford and he was their top scorer."
Wealdstone have announced that they will play a pre-season friendly at home against Watford on Wednesday July 23.