Retained List Revealed

Manager David Moyes has revealed that Francis Jeffers has left Everton along with nine others who are out of contract this summer.

The Blues Boss has released his annual retained list and joining the 23-year-old striker on the way out are goalkeepers Paul Gerrard and Steve Simonsen plus midfielder Scot Gemmill.

Jeffers will now return to London to resume his career with Premiership Champions Arsenal after a disappointing season-long loan spell at Goodison, which was marred with a well-publicised bust-up with Moyes.

Following his arrival on transfer deadline day last August, Jeffers immediately indicated that he wanted to play his way into Moyes' long-term plans and win himself a permanent contract.

But he always knew it was going to be difficult and with Wayne Rooney, Duncan Ferguson, Tomasz Radzinski and Kevin Campbell in front of him in the pecking order he was restricted to just mainly substitute appearances.

News that Jeffers, who scored twice in his second spell, is on his way back to Arsenal will no doubt alert a number of clubs as will the fact Everton have allowed other experienced stars to leave.

Gerrard looks poised for a move to Nottingham Forest, Simonsen is being linked with Leeds United, whilst Gemmill's situation has been continually monitored by Preston North End, where he was on-loan in April.

Meanwhile, the club have also released reserve players Michael Symes, who continues to be a target for Crewe, Brian Moogan, Craig Garside and Scott Brown.

Alan Moogan, who spent the past four months nursing a serious knee injury, will also leave the club as will Steven Schumacher, who travelled with the first team to Manchester City on Saturday.

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