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The striker is feeling settled on Merseyside and believes he can become a regular at Goodison Park, particularly if his goalscoring can reach double figures once again

Everton striker Jermaine Beckford has vowed to build on a promising first season at Goodison Park and has insisted he is pleased with his last campaign which saw him tied with Louis Saha as the Toffees’ highest scorer with 10 goals in all competitions.

The 27-year-old arrived on Merseyside on a free transfer last summer after catching the eye in an impressive season for Leeds United where he helped the club clinch promotion to the Championship as well as knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup.

Speaking to evertontv, Beckford insisted he feels he has improved since joining the club but is hoping to get even better in the future.

"As a striker you want to score in every game and that is my aim as a footballer," he explained.

"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."

The striker scored his first league goal for Everton against Bolton in November and he also admitted he was hoping to hit double figures once again next season.

"My aim now is to come back, have a really good pre-season, get into the team straight away and stay there," he added.

"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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