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Oct 29, 2010

Former England striker Jeffers Jets into A-League

Former England international Francis Jeffers has joined the A-League's Newcastle Jets on a ten-match guest stint as the club continues its revolution.

While his England career never really hit the heights, Jeffers is well known to Australian fans as the scorer of England's consolation goal as the Socceroos sprung a famous 3-1 upset over their old rivals at Upton Park in 2003.

Jeffers' club career in England took him to Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday, during which time he scored 30 Premier League goals. He is also the all time leading scorer for England U21s with 13 goals, a record he shares with Alan Shearer.

The Jets invited Jeffers, 29, to trial as the club look to solve their attacking woes, not helped by a long-term injury to another Englishman in their captain Michael Bridges. Jeffers qualifies as a guest player under A-League rules which allow clubs to bring in a high-profile 'guest' player for a temporary stint.

Jeffers said: "I like what is happening with the club. It is an exciting period here and hopefully I would be able to assist the Jets to climb up the ladder during my time here. The lads and everybody at the Club has been great and made me feel welcome from the time I landed and I cant wait to get going".

Newcastle Jets coach Branko Culina said: "We are excited to have him on board, he is a player with great pedigree who has played at a high level and we hope his experience and knowledge will rub off on many of our younger players."

Newcastle executive chairman Ken Edwards said: "Francis is a player of immense talent who has graced the English Premier League with success and comes to the Jets at a time when he is on the right side of thirty and hungry to showcase his abilities on the Hyundai A-League stage. We are excited about the prospect of seeing Francis forming a focal point of our attack and exploiting the goal-scoring opportunities that may come his way".

Jeffers is expected to make his debut when the Jets take on Adelaide United at EnergyAustralia on November 13.

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