Jeffers back in Newcastle

Francis Jeffers is back in Newcastle and looking forward to putting the Jets jersey back on.

Former Arsenal and Everton striker Francis Jeffers has returned to the Newcastle Jets three weeks into the 2011/12 A-League season.

Much to the delight of the Newcastle faithful, Jeffers is no stranger to the Novocastrian way of life having enjoyed a nine game stint with the Jets last season and he-s itching to get back on the field.

“I really loved living and playing in Newcastle last year, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It wasn-t hard to come back at all, as my family had settled in here,” Jeffers said.

“I-m really looking forward to playing with all the lads again. I have such a passion for the game and to be able to do what I love in such a great country is a very special thing."

Having already missed the first two games of the season, Jeffers predicts he will be on the pitch in the Newcastle strip soon and he-s buoyed by the support and well wishes from Jets members.

“I am hoping that the medical this Saturday will run smoothly and if so, then I will leave it up to Robbie Middleby and the coach as to when I can get on the field,” he said.

“I thank all my fans for the very warm welcome that I have received. I just hope that I can deliver some great soccer for them in return.

“I think my main asset will be my experience. I also hope to bring a different dynamic, make an impact when I-m on the field and of course, gain a few wins."

It-s not just the return of Jeffers that has the Newcastle football scene buzzing with excitement. The announcement follows the news of another crowd favourite returning with the appointment of head coach, Gary van Egmond.

The Premiership winning mentor coached the Newcastle Jets from 2006 to 2009 and delivered Newcastle its inaugural Grand Final victory and although yet to play under the eye of van Egmond, Jeffers is looking forward to proving himself.

“I-m excited for Gary-s guidance; I look forward to hearing his ideas and putting them into play. As a sportsperson, gaining new insights and visions into the game is always a positive,” the 30-year old concluded.

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