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