Jeffers proud of career
Francis Jeffers has defended his career after joining SPL side Motherwell for the rest of the season.
Last Updated: 09/02/11 12:21pm
Francis Jeffers has defended his career after joining SPL side Motherwell on a short-term contract for the rest of the season.
The 30-year-old was tipped for the top as a youngster following an immediate impact in Everton's first team at an early age.
An £8million move to Arsenal followed, but injury and a loss of form saw him rejoin The Toffees on loan.
He was never able to replicate his Goodison Park form and after leaving Arsenal permanently he played for a host of clubs.
Jeffers is now back in the SPL following a stint in Australia and while he concedes he never fulfilled his potential he says it was not all his fault.
"When I was a young lad at Everton I scored a few goals but it wasn't me who asked Arsenal to pay £8million," explained Jeffers.
"I wanted to further my career and it's been stop-start since but you take the cards you're dealt and try to turn them to your advantage.
"It's up to others to judge me. I'm 30 and when it comes to an end and I look back, I may say it wasn't as successful as I had hoped.
"But I can be proud of what I've achieved. I've played for big clubs and scored for my country at Under-21 level.
"Unfortunately, I've had injuries and they tend to be long term. They are part of the game but some are hard to overcome."
Jeffers has played in Scotland before after joining Rangers on loan and he has defended his time at Ibrox.
Injury restricted him to just eight games and having failed to find the back of the net he claims it was not the strongest Gers side in recent memory.
"It didn't go too well for me," he continued. "I got injured early on and didn't play as many games as I'd have liked.
"When I was in the side, I didn't really show what I was about. The side struggled in general. Teams like Falkirk were winning at Ibrox and it wasn't a good time.
"I enjoyed playing there and they're the best fans I have played for but you can't look at the Rangers thing.
"Take James Beattie as an example. He scored goals for fun in England but it didn't work for him.
"Some people will say that I struggled at Rangers but I wasn't in their best-ever side."