Lukas Jutkiewicz excited to reunite with Jermaine Beckford
Updated 10:39am Saturday 1st February 2014 in Sport
NEW Wanderers loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is relishing the chance to reunite with Jermaine Beckford up front – as soon as the Whites’ top scorer is back fit.
Beckford, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring strain, joined Everton just before Jutkiewicz left in 2010 and the pair briefly teamed up on a pre-season tour to Australia.
It may have been a shortlived partnership but Jutkiewicz believes it had potential which can be realised at the Reebok Stadium.
The 24-year-old forward is likely to lead the line on his own at Ipswich today after making his debut from the bench at QPR just hours after signing from Middlesbrough.
But it’s the link-up with Beckford he is looking forward to most.
Jutkiewicz said: “I was with Becks for a little while at Everton.
“He had joined from Leeds in the summer and we were competing for a spot in the squad.
“We went away and spent pre-season together in Australia. Despite him being a striker and direct competition for a place, we got along very well.
“Jermaine is not only a top player, but a top guy.
“Even in my first few days here at Bolton he has helped me a lot.
“He obviously has that experience and is a lively character – someone I can get on well with.
“It’s always a big help knowing people when you walk in the door.
Jutkiewicz has played 24 times for Middlesbrough this season, but has not netted since the first week of the season in August.
But Reebok boss Dougie Freedman was delighted to secure his services for the remainder of the season on Tuesday, stating his belief there are goals in the youngster if he gets the right service.
And Jutkiewicz is also hoping Freedman can bring out the best in him.
He added: “I did have a good chat with the manager and the positivity that came through him was evident straight away.
“I have previously come across the manager during games when he was at Crystal Palace.
“I also know a lot of lads that have worked under the manager before and have heard nothing but good about him.
“I’m obviously very happy to be here and to have everything sorted.
“I’m very excited, so hopefully things will work out for both myself and the club.
“Having watched Bolton this season, I don’t think they are far away from being a very good team.
“I’m very much looking forward to being part of the team here.
“One thing is that I’ll always give my all on the pitch.
“I’m a hard-working striker who can hopefully score a few goals for the team.”