- Born: 25/01/1981
- Birthplace: Liverpool
- Nationality: English
- Apps/ Goals: 51 (31) / 22
- Debut: 1997 (v Man United at Old Trafford)
Francis made his mark at Everton during the late nineties with his predatory instincts in front of goal.
Having been a regular scorer at every level for Everton and England's youth sides, Francis came on as a substitute for the first team against Manchester United on Boxing Day 1997 as a 16-year-old, but his bright future was nearly ruined by a career-threatening heart illness.
He made a full recovery and broke into the first team during the 1998/99 season striking up a superb partnership with Kevin Campbell.
He hit the headlines at the start of the 1999/2000 season when he stunned Everton by handing in a transfer request prompted by a dispute over pay.
Matters were resolved and he returned to partner Campbell as Everton made one of their best starts to the season in recent years.
However, as the 2000/01 season ended, it became clear that Jeffers was not planning to stay at Goodison Park, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger paid £8million to bring his goalscoring instincts to Highbury in the summer of 2001.
Although Francis found first-team opportunities at Highbury limited, the 2002/03 campaign saw him excelling for David Platt's England Under-21s as well as making his full international debut.
'Franny' equalled the goalscoring record for the Under-21s with 12 goals in 12 games, and he made his mark on the senior team by scoring on his debut in the friendly against Australia at Upton Park in February 2003.
The boyhood Evertonian returned to Goodison Park from Arsenal in a season-long loan deal in September 2003 after spending two and a half years with the Gunners.
He returned to Highbury and joined Charlton for a fee of £2.6 million but he struggled to make an impact and was loaned out to Rangers. Jeffers then moved to Blackburn in 2006 and was subsequently shipped out to Ipswich Town on loan during the 2006/07 season.
Francis joined Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent deal in August 2007 and spent three years at Hillsborough before heading Down Under to sign on with the Newcastle United Jets.