Now, he hasn’t joined yet…he’s here for a 4-day trial starting Monday, but here is a brief profile of our potentially new striker..
Francis Jeffers (born 25th Jan, 1981)
Francis Jeffers started out at Merseyside club, Everton, and quickly emerged as one of England’s most exciting young talents, scoring prolifically at youth level and forcing his way into the first team. The Liverpool born lad made his debut on Boxing Day of 1997 against Man Utd.
Trouble started for the player during the 1999/2000 season when he turned on his boyhood club, handing in a transfer request due to pay disputes and he didn’t play for 6 months. The matter was resolved, however, and he continued his promising partnership with Kevin Campbell, though injuries saw his season slightly restricted.
Despite further injuries, Jeffers still had a decent 2000/2001 season, and earned himself a transfer to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side in a fee of 8million pounds. Injuries again took their toll on the promising striker, as he only made 10 appearances, scoring two goals in his first season.
In the 2002/03 season he grabbed 6 goals in 10 starts for Arsenal and also earned his one and only England cap against Australia in a 3-1 defeat in February 2003. He grabbed the Pommies consolation goal in that game. He had scored 13 goals in 16 England U21 appearances prior to his call-up.
At the start of the 2003/04 season Jeffers secured a move back to Goodison Park, on a season long loan, after what was a tough spell at the Arsenal. The move turned into a disaster however, as the player scored 2 goals in 6 starts and 13 substitute appearances and had a falling out with David Moyes, signalling an end to a chance of a permanent move.
Despite injury problems and a less than prolific goalscoring return for a striker, the player was given another chance at Charlton Athletic, signing for 2-years at the beginning of the 2004/05 season for a fee of 2.6 million pounds. However, he struggled to impress in his first season, scoring only 3 goals in 9 Premiership starts, while the arrival of Darren Bent in 2005 meant his chances were further limited.
Franny went on loan to Rangers for the first 6 months of 2005/2006 and Charlton didn’t renew his contract at the end of the season, the player eventually signing for Blackburn for the 2006/07 season.
This was another unsuccessful stint, scoring only one goal for the club. He eventually went on loan to Ipswich in the Championship for one month and was quite successful, scoring 4 in 8 games. Ipswich tried to make the move permanent, but after finally agreeing terms with Blackburn, couldn’t agree personal terms with Jeffers.
Jeffers moved to Sheffield United at the beginning of 2007/2008, for a reported 700,000 pounds, and it can be said his spell there was nothing to write about, with injuries getting in the way of an extended run in the team.
He only made 3 starts in the 2009/2010 season and scored 0 goals. Not the best form coming into his times at the Jets. At the start of that season he was also transfer listed due to this little incident…
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Since then Jeffers attempted to win a contract at new Premier League side Blackpool and since that failure has been training at Everton to keep up his match fitness.
Everton (1997-2001) – 49 app, 18 goals
Arsenal (2001-2004)- 39 app, 8 goals
Everton (2004-2005 SEASON LOAN) – 22 app, 2 goals
Charlton Athletic (2004- 2006) – 24 app, 5 goals
Rangers (2005 6 MONTH LOAN) – 10 app, 0 goals
Blackburn Rovers (2006-2007)- 16 app, 1 goal
Ipswich Town (2007 ONE MONTH LOAN) – 8 app, 4 goals
Sheffield Wednesday (2007-2010) – 59 app, 5 goals
England – 1 app, 1 goal
England U21 – 16 app, 13 goals
So his stats aren’t exactly encouraging, and neither are his injury problems, however if he is fit and enthusiastic I think he could be great for the Jets.