Leeds won’t accept anything less than £2m for Jermaine Beckford

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Beckford wanted by Wolves & Sunderland now

The speculation goes on. Just as it seemed Jermaine Beckford was joining Newcastle United this January, the tale has taken another twist. It’s now reported that Sunderland and Wolves have both joined the race to sign the FA Cup hero as Leeds United stall over Newcastle’s latest bid. Sources suggested that Newcastle’s latest bid was indeed rejected but no one knows for sure. Apparently The Elland Road outfit are holding out for £2m for Beckford but most of the teams know that his contract expires in only a few months time.

There’s no doubt we need to strengthen this January and a striker is probably necessary. Harewood has been offered back to Newcastle on a permanent basis if reports are to believed and this is to prise our attentions away from Jermaine Beckford, or so they say.

Simon Grayson said :

‘As a footballer, you can only leave when your contract expires or you are given permission to go.

‘We’ve said all along that while he’s under contract, we’ll dictate when he leaves the football club. That’s why you sign contracts.

‘Putting in a transfer request doesn’t guarantee he’ll get a move. Until someone meets our valuation, he’ll stay here.’

You can’t help but get the feeling Beckford is a troublemaker and could disrupt the harmony at Newcastle at the minute. As well as this we aren’t really sure if he would cut it in the Championship. What happens when/if we get promoted? Will Beckford remain on the books at the Toon? I’m not so sure.

It’s also understood that Mike Ashley won’t shell out £2m for the striker who can be snapped up on a free, in a few months time. However, that’s not a footballing brain thinking, he’s just keen on keeping his pennies close to his purse.

Perhaps we can do better than Beckford, Giles Barnes although not a striker is a free transfer at this minute. Remember, it wasn’t long ago we nearly shelled out £5m for the Derby County winger. He’s certainly worth a shot, being a free-agent and only 21 years of age.

Developments are expected to come within the next few days over our potential targets, we’ll just have to sit tight and hope for the best.

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Beckfords Nuts: ⏱ 11/01/2010

£2.5 Million, i hear, or he is not going anywhere. Simple isn`t it. You are correct in thinking Beckford is a trouble maker. Poor attitude, sulks and massive ego on very limited talent. He refuses to jump for headers, will not run for a ball unless its within 5 yards. Seriously i would say its a gamble paying 1/2 Mill.

Beckfords Nuts: ⏱ 11/01/2010

£2.5 Million, i hear, or he is not going anywhere. Simple isn`t it. You are correct in thinking Beckford is a trouble maker. Poor attitude, sulks and massive ego on very limited talent. He refuses to jump for headers, will not run for a ball unless its within 5 yards. Seriously i would say its a gamble paying 1/2 Mill.

Ramblinjohn: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Whoever posted under the name Beckfords Nuts above is talking rubbish. Beckford himself has said barely anything publicly in all the time he's been at Leeds, as far as I recall has had one publicly stroppy moment and has a fantastic goalscoring record. He also ran more than five yards for the Man U goal (and most of his others). As for him having a massive ego - not unknown to footballers is it? And so what if he has? self-belief is important in fottball. Whether he would make it in the premier league I don't know but I am pretty certain he's more than good enough for the championship. As a Leeds fan I don't want him to go but if he does I wish him well

Ramblinjohn: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Whoever posted under the name Beckfords Nuts above is talking rubbish. Beckford himself has said barely anything publicly in all the time he's been at Leeds, as far as I recall has had one publicly stroppy moment and has a fantastic goalscoring record. He also ran more than five yards for the Man U goal (and most of his others). As for him having a massive ego - not unknown to footballers is it? And so what if he has? self-belief is important in fottball. Whether he would make it in the premier league I don't know but I am pretty certain he's more than good enough for the championship. As a Leeds fan I don't want him to go but if he does I wish him well

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

i am probably one of the better necastle fans that post on here and i would just like to point out that because of unemployment i have only managed to get to 3 home games over the last 18 & 1/2 years , now if fat ash signs beckford it'll be another 18 & 1/2 before i go back , he's nothing but an out & out lazy b@stard.

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

i am probably one of the better necastle fans that post on here and i would just like to point out that because of unemployment i have only managed to get to 3 home games over the last 18 & 1/2 years , now if fat ash signs beckford it'll be another 18 & 1/2 before i go back , he's nothing but an out & out lazy b@stard.

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

ditto hitman - iv'e no time for lazy b@stards either.

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

ditto hitman - iv'e no time for lazy b@stards either.

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

think i need a lie down.

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

think i need a lie down.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 11/01/2010

well i've got my fingers crossed doocey.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 11/01/2010

well i've got my fingers crossed doocey.

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 11/01/2010

beckfords nuts , shut the F***K UP!!!!!!!!!!! you talk utter crap.

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 11/01/2010

beckfords nuts , shut the F***K UP!!!!!!!!!!! you talk utter crap.

SB: ⏱ 11/01/2010

£2million for a player out of contract in June, little championship experience & no premier league experience- are Leeds having a laugh?

SB: ⏱ 11/01/2010

£2million for a player out of contract in June, little championship experience & no premier league experience- are Leeds having a laugh?

icedog: ⏱ 11/01/2010

DOOCEY;ch has said there is a cut off time,and will have to switch targets but they are working hard behind secenes,can you tell me WHO behind can conduct tranfers,the boys are in LV or is this our normal bull----

icedog: ⏱ 11/01/2010

DOOCEY;ch has said there is a cut off time,and will have to switch targets but they are working hard behind secenes,can you tell me WHO behind can conduct tranfers,the boys are in LV or is this our normal bull----

Me: ⏱ 11/01/2010

SB says: £2million for a player out of contract in June, little championship experience & no premier league experience- are Leeds having a laugh? FFS. Have you had your head up yer arse for the last year? Leeds don't wan't to sell. Leeds don't need to sell. Time and time again SG has said that only a silly offer will sufice. It's the same old vultures trying to grab a bargain that are having a laugh. Only this time the seller ain't desperate.

Me: ⏱ 11/01/2010

SB says: £2million for a player out of contract in June, little championship experience & no premier league experience- are Leeds having a laugh? FFS. Have you had your head up yer arse for the last year? Leeds don't wan't to sell. Leeds don't need to sell. Time and time again SG has said that only a silly offer will sufice. It's the same old vultures trying to grab a bargain that are having a laugh. Only this time the seller ain't desperate.

Ed: ⏱ 11/01/2010

If you want a player rated by people within the game then you pay the asking price. It doesn't really matter when his contract's up. Bear in mind when talking about the fee that you've to add an additional mill for Beckford. He would get it as a free contract player in June so believe me, it will be a condition of him signing for a club now. To my mind it would pay Beckford to wait till June to see which of his suitors are in the Prem next season.

Ed: ⏱ 11/01/2010

If you want a player rated by people within the game then you pay the asking price. It doesn't really matter when his contract's up. Bear in mind when talking about the fee that you've to add an additional mill for Beckford. He would get it as a free contract player in June so believe me, it will be a condition of him signing for a club now. To my mind it would pay Beckford to wait till June to see which of his suitors are in the Prem next season.

matt: ⏱ 11/01/2010

I totally agree with Beckford, and Hitman. Been a season ticket holder at leeds for about 8 years so i know my stuff when i say Beckford will not cut it. Waste of money.

matt: ⏱ 11/01/2010

I totally agree with Beckford, and Hitman. Been a season ticket holder at leeds for about 8 years so i know my stuff when i say Beckford will not cut it. Waste of money.

bluetoon: ⏱ 11/01/2010

anyone else think that scott mcdonald would be a great buy.id prefer to fork out d extra cash , and not too much more for a expeienced striker.ive always liked him for celtic and he didnt even start d old firm d last day , came on nd scored. would be a great buy and i think would also be able to do it wen were back in the premier league aswell next year

bluetoon: ⏱ 11/01/2010

anyone else think that scott mcdonald would be a great buy.id prefer to fork out d extra cash , and not too much more for a expeienced striker.ive always liked him for celtic and he didnt even start d old firm d last day , came on nd scored. would be a great buy and i think would also be able to do it wen were back in the premier league aswell next year

les: ⏱ 11/01/2010

iam a leeds fan and have seen 90%of beckfords goals scored live and although his goal tally looks impressive lots of strikers who have had the chances he has had would have a better goal ratio he misses lots more than he scores .he looses his head easily if he misses an early chance and sometimes he tries something he shouldnt when a simpler touch would produce a goal. if beckford goes we have been linked with players HOOPER.MCLEAN and others who have abetter goal ratio than beckford it makes you wonderwhy a team picks a player and why aren,t newcastle looking at these players ?? beckford falls into the category of very good players who just are not good enough for premier league like one of our explayers alan "smudge" smith who is the same but not sadly a premier league player trust me i saw all his games he has been relegated twice as iam on a newcastle forum i would like to say good luck to newcastle and their fans hope ypu get promoted you are a great club

les: ⏱ 11/01/2010

iam a leeds fan and have seen 90%of beckfords goals scored live and although his goal tally looks impressive lots of strikers who have had the chances he has had would have a better goal ratio he misses lots more than he scores .he looses his head easily if he misses an early chance and sometimes he tries something he shouldnt when a simpler touch would produce a goal. if beckford goes we have been linked with players HOOPER.MCLEAN and others who have abetter goal ratio than beckford it makes you wonderwhy a team picks a player and why aren,t newcastle looking at these players ?? beckford falls into the category of very good players who just are not good enough for premier league like one of our explayers alan "smudge" smith who is the same but not sadly a premier league player trust me i saw all his games he has been relegated twice as iam on a newcastle forum i would like to say good luck to newcastle and their fans hope ypu get promoted you are a great club

Jack Emery: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Moses from palace should be our second option

Jack Emery: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Moses from palace should be our second option

ashley is a spacker(Jack Emery: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Ashley is a right tight arse, coming from a billionaire he can't fork out 2 million, what a fucking liberty

ashley is a spacker(Jack Emery): ⏱ 11/01/2010

Ashley is a right tight arse, coming from a billionaire he can't fork out 2 million, what a fucking liberty

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

well lads i'm off out for a few pints a game of cards and a fish supper on the way home , catch ye's later.

Hitman: ⏱ 11/01/2010

well lads i'm off out for a few pints a game of cards and a fish supper on the way home , catch ye's later.

TOON LAD: ⏱ 11/01/2010

I would really love to get victor Moses but not a chance with City after him. Beckford is a quality player who can finish better than anyone in the championship.

TOON LAD: ⏱ 11/01/2010

I would really love to get victor Moses but not a chance with City after him. Beckford is a quality player who can finish better than anyone in the championship.

Killy Mag: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Giles Barnes?? Does the author of this blog not follow football??? Do you even know why he is on a free?? Or why he went on loan to Fulham and didn't get a game? Derby County are the worst team to play at SJP this season and they released him. Switch on fella, your embarrassing yourself. The guy is one injury away from retirement.

Killy Mag: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Giles Barnes?? Does the author of this blog not follow football??? Do you even know why he is on a free?? Or why he went on loan to Fulham and didn't get a game? Derby County are the worst team to play at SJP this season and they released him. Switch on fella, your embarrassing yourself. The guy is one injury away from retirement.

Nick 69: ⏱ 11/01/2010

while 2mil may seem a lot as hes out of contract in june, would it now be worth paying 2mil if his goals will get us promoted? 2mil for promotion is a small price to pay. And before anyone starts sayin he wont cut it, he has a better touch than shola, better finisher than shola and more pace, and shola has scored his fair share in this league. Even if we paid 2mil for him now just to get us promoted, he may not cut it in the prem but we can soon sell him on and get our money back

Nick 69: ⏱ 11/01/2010

while 2mil may seem a lot as hes out of contract in june, would it now be worth paying 2mil if his goals will get us promoted? 2mil for promotion is a small price to pay. And before anyone starts sayin he wont cut it, he has a better touch than shola, better finisher than shola and more pace, and shola has scored his fair share in this league. Even if we paid 2mil for him now just to get us promoted, he may not cut it in the prem but we can soon sell him on and get our money back

sam: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Would we buy Shola for £2m plus?

sam: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Would we buy Shola for £2m plus?

icedog: ⏱ 11/01/2010

NICK69;said same thing a few times on here,plus out of contract,will cost at least mill signing on fee,ime not saying we should sign him,but a better than a bringing harewood back who cant cut it plus no sell on value

icedog: ⏱ 11/01/2010

NICK69;said same thing a few times on here,plus out of contract,will cost at least mill signing on fee,ime not saying we should sign him,but a better than a bringing harewood back who cant cut it plus no sell on value

Doocey: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Killy Mag. He didn't get one game at Fulham because of injury. If he can overcome his injuries I'd be up for definitely giving him a shot. Nothing to lose.

Doocey: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Killy Mag. He didn't get one game at Fulham because of injury. If he can overcome his injuries I'd be up for definitely giving him a shot. Nothing to lose.

leeds lad: ⏱ 11/01/2010

i agree with nick 69, small price to pay (2 mill)if he gets you only 2-3 goals that could equate to 5-6 points....look behind you, the chasing pack are getting closer!! Good luck Toon hopefully will c u soon in prem.

leeds lad: ⏱ 11/01/2010

i agree with nick 69, small price to pay (2 mill)if he gets you only 2-3 goals that could equate to 5-6 points....look behind you, the chasing pack are getting closer!! Good luck Toon hopefully will c u soon in prem.

scottishmag: ⏱ 11/01/2010

If two million is our budget. Who do you think we are going to sign. If he gets us promoted it is the best two million ever spent. Bluetoon suggested Scott macDonald. he is absolutely useless. The two best Celtic players are Mcgeady and Brown

scottishmag: ⏱ 11/01/2010

If two million is our budget. Who do you think we are going to sign. If he gets us promoted it is the best two million ever spent. Bluetoon suggested Scott macDonald. he is absolutely useless. The two best Celtic players are Mcgeady and Brown

toon boy: ⏱ 11/01/2010

lets remember it was mike ashley who shelled out over 2 million quid for xisco and what a waste of money that proved to be??? surely beckford is worth the 2 million pound gamble as he is a raw talent who is full of pace something which our newcastle side is severly lacking at the minute and an asset which will be needed to continue our promotion charge.

toon boy: ⏱ 11/01/2010

lets remember it was mike ashley who shelled out over 2 million quid for xisco and what a waste of money that proved to be??? surely beckford is worth the 2 million pound gamble as he is a raw talent who is full of pace something which our newcastle side is severly lacking at the minute and an asset which will be needed to continue our promotion charge.

batty: ⏱ 11/01/2010

leeds lad ur havin a laugh look behind us 8 wins and 3 draws oot of our last 11 games beatt brom at home then forest game over see norwich are sneaking up on u

batty: ⏱ 11/01/2010

leeds lad ur havin a laugh look behind us 8 wins and 3 draws oot of our last 11 games beatt brom at home then forest game over see norwich are sneaking up on u

batty: ⏱ 11/01/2010

toon boy try over 5 mill for xsico m8

batty: ⏱ 11/01/2010

toon boy try over 5 mill for xsico m8

dodge: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Watched Beckford week in week out . over rated !!!!

dodge: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Watched Beckford week in week out . over rated !!!!

icedog: ⏱ 11/01/2010

had a bit read on another site,all they are talking about is nust and tearing each other by the throat getting nasty,i love a bit laugh and joke myself,but getting far to per/s must be money whizz kids,we all like to debate,i just prefer to talk toon,had enough of lies from ash&co just lets see what nust come out with at end of day then we can see there side of it then debate god knows you cant debate with the fat c----

icedog: ⏱ 11/01/2010

had a bit read on another site,all they are talking about is nust and tearing each other by the throat getting nasty,i love a bit laugh and joke myself,but getting far to per/s must be money whizz kids,we all like to debate,i just prefer to talk toon,had enough of lies from ash&co just lets see what nust come out with at end of day then we can see there side of it then debate god knows you cant debate with the fat c----

MacToon: ⏱ 12/01/2010

Agreed icedog, it's like watchin a dog with a bone fgs. Truefaith yet again have an interesting article and mention the NUST in a slightly different light. Some sound Leeds fans on and tbh I'd like to see them back up the top division too, with or with out Becks! :)

MacToon: ⏱ 12/01/2010

Agreed icedog, it's like watchin a dog with a bone fgs. Truefaith yet again have an interesting article and mention the NUST in a slightly different light. Some sound Leeds fans on and tbh I'd like to see them back up the top division too, with or with out Becks! :)

DJG: ⏱ 12/01/2010

les says: January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm ''he looses his head easily if he misses an early chance and sometimes he tries something he shouldnt when a simpler touch would produce a goal. if beckford goes we have been linked with players HOOPER.MCLEAN and others who have abetter goal ratio than beckford it makes you wonderwhy a team picks a player and why aren,t newcastle looking at these players ??'' I'll tell you why Les, NUFC always get carried away by a name rather than a player. Look at Owen, the guy was finished when he left Liverpool imo. Has Capello for example, ever been remotely bothered? Yet he comes to newcastle for £17M or something in 2005 just to get injured. Look at the situation now, half the geordie public are calling for us to sign Jermaine Beckford, based on 20 LEAGUE ONE goals and a goal against a patched up Man U defense. The same Man U that struggled to get a 1-1 draw against birmingham the other day. The guy is available on a FREE in the summer, on top of that apparently his attitude stinks and he spurns most his chances. Sounds like he would be well out his depth in the premier league, yet ppl will still get p off with Ashley when he doesnt pay rediculously over the odds for him. If Villa and Sunderland are interested in signing him, why hasnt he gone to any of these clubs? £2M is nothing to a prem team. Coz its utter rubbish thats why. There are so many better PROVEN forwards we could go for, Boyd, mcdonald, sharp, hooper, ect all these players are proven, some internationals, at a higher level than beckford and most are down to earth and would probably give their right arm to sign for newcastle. We have to stop looking at the Names signings and start making some intelligent signings.

DJG: ⏱ 12/01/2010

les says: January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm ''he looses his head easily if he misses an early chance and sometimes he tries something he shouldnt when a simpler touch would produce a goal. if beckford goes we have been linked with players HOOPER.MCLEAN and others who have abetter goal ratio than beckford it makes you wonderwhy a team picks a player and why aren,t newcastle looking at these players ??'' I'll tell you why Les, NUFC always get carried away by a name rather than a player. Look at Owen, the guy was finished when he left Liverpool imo. Has Capello for example, ever been remotely bothered? Yet he comes to newcastle for £17M or something in 2005 just to get injured. Look at the situation now, half the geordie public are calling for us to sign Jermaine Beckford, based on 20 LEAGUE ONE goals and a goal against a patched up Man U defense. The same Man U that struggled to get a 1-1 draw against birmingham the other day. The guy is available on a FREE in the summer, on top of that apparently his attitude stinks and he spurns most his chances. Sounds like he would be well out his depth in the premier league, yet ppl will still get p off with Ashley when he doesnt pay rediculously over the odds for him. If Villa and Sunderland are interested in signing him, why hasnt he gone to any of these clubs? £2M is nothing to a prem team. Coz its utter rubbish thats why. There are so many better PROVEN forwards we could go for, Boyd, mcdonald, sharp, hooper, ect all these players are proven, some internationals, at a higher level than beckford and most are down to earth and would probably give their right arm to sign for newcastle. We have to stop looking at the Names signings and start making some intelligent signings.

Killy Mag: ⏱ 12/01/2010

"Look at the situation now, half the geordie public are calling for us to sign Jermaine Beckford, based on 20 LEAGUE ONE goals and a goal against a patched up Man U defense. The same Man U that struggled to get a 1-1 draw against birmingham the other day" DJG, you must not watch much League 1 football mate. Its not just 20 goals in League 1, its the fact he has notched 64 goals in 93 starts, has pace to burn and is the most prolific goal scorer in England today, FACT. You might say Man U are a poor team but they are a damn sight better than the likes of Scunthorpe, Peterborough etc who we need him to score against. £2m is gamble worth making to get us out of the Championship, if he doesn't score in the PL sell him back to a Champoinship club at a profit! He does huff sometimes after being subbed but he's a model pro off the pitch. After handing in a transfer request last season, he still got his head down and notched another 20 odd goals. As for Sharp and Hooper, your having a laugh mate, Beckford is twice the striker. If Beckford doesn't score in the PL Sharp and Hooper have no chance. Boyd and McDonald WOULD be a suitable plan B, although I doubt we could get either for 2m. You are saying we need to make intelligent, proven signings. What more does Beckford have to do??

Killy Mag: ⏱ 12/01/2010

"Look at the situation now, half the geordie public are calling for us to sign Jermaine Beckford, based on 20 LEAGUE ONE goals and a goal against a patched up Man U defense. The same Man U that struggled to get a 1-1 draw against birmingham the other day" DJG, you must not watch much League 1 football mate. Its not just 20 goals in League 1, its the fact he has notched 64 goals in 93 starts, has pace to burn and is the most prolific goal scorer in England today, FACT. You might say Man U are a poor team but they are a damn sight better than the likes of Scunthorpe, Peterborough etc who we need him to score against. £2m is gamble worth making to get us out of the Championship, if he doesn't score in the PL sell him back to a Champoinship club at a profit! He does huff sometimes after being subbed but he's a model pro off the pitch. After handing in a transfer request last season, he still got his head down and notched another 20 odd goals. As for Sharp and Hooper, your having a laugh mate, Beckford is twice the striker. If Beckford doesn't score in the PL Sharp and Hooper have no chance. Boyd and McDonald WOULD be a suitable plan B, although I doubt we could get either for 2m. You are saying we need to make intelligent, proven signings. What more does Beckford have to do??

Toon soldier: ⏱ 12/01/2010

nice job doocey,tink ill get my friends 2 use this ;)

Toon soldier: ⏱ 12/01/2010

nice job doocey,tink ill get my friends 2 use this ;)

Toon soldier: ⏱ 12/01/2010

btw wat wud ye tink of a move for ebanks-blake from wolves he cant get a goal in the prem but in the championship hed get plenty

Toon soldier: ⏱ 12/01/2010

btw wat wud ye tink of a move for ebanks-blake from wolves he cant get a goal in the prem but in the championship hed get plenty

Doocey: ⏱ 12/01/2010

No problem Toon Soldier. Hope you find the site easy to read etc :)

Doocey: ⏱ 12/01/2010

No problem Toon Soldier. Hope you find the site easy to read etc :)

Jack Emery: ⏱ 12/01/2010

Yes TOON LAD you fucking retard victor moses should come to the toon, DID YOU THINK OF THAT ALL bY YOURSELF or did you just copy me you prick! why don't youjust say something like I agree with Jack or at least mention my name you greeddy TWAT!

Jack Emery: ⏱ 12/01/2010

Yes TOON LAD you fucking retard victor moses should come to the toon, DID YOU THINK OF THAT ALL bY YOURSELF or did you just copy me you prick! why don't youjust say something like I agree with Jack or at least mention my name you greeddy TWAT!

R B P Oliver: ⏱ 14/01/2010

Newcastle looks Jermaine's best bet, I reckon 4 million would be a price Grayson might consider for an early move,we have to replace him after all. What he has in abundance is pace, pace, pace. He tries for flashy cool finishes all the time, look the business when they come off but all too often they don't. He is still learning and improving however, less lazy than he used to be and overall game developing well. The sheer pace always worries opposing defences. We'll have to change our tactics a bit if and when he goes, but still very confident of automatic promotion although I've a nagging suspicion that Norwich might pip us for the title, they are a classy outfit by this league's standards and on a roll.

R B P Oliver: ⏱ 14/01/2010

Newcastle looks Jermaine's best bet, I reckon 4 million would be a price Grayson might consider for an early move,we have to replace him after all. What he has in abundance is pace, pace, pace. He tries for flashy cool finishes all the time, look the business when they come off but all too often they don't. He is still learning and improving however, less lazy than he used to be and overall game developing well. The sheer pace always worries opposing defences. We'll have to change our tactics a bit if and when he goes, but still very confident of automatic promotion although I've a nagging suspicion that Norwich might pip us for the title, they are a classy outfit by this league's standards and on a roll.