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Jeffers to look at other options as Newcastle Jets stall on extension talks

Francis Jeffers is keen to remain in Australia but at this moment he is unsure of exactly what the future holds for him.

The former Everton and Arsenal striker is more than halfway through a 10-macth guest stint with the Newcastle Jets, who he has helped go undefeated for seven matches, but the club is yet to talk to him about extending that stay.

The 29-year old Englishman admits he is attracting interest from other A-League clubs and will consider his options as he hasn't heard anything from the Jets yet.

"They're publicly saying they'd like to do something, and I read in the papers the other day they want to extend my deal but, to be honest, nobody from the club has spoken to me,'' Jeffers told the Herald yesterday. ''Only the club knows what's going to happen but I've got interest from other A-League clubs, so I'll have to start looking at my options and we'll see what happens.

''I'm in a position now where I won't have a contract soon, and I need to look after myself a little bit. Come January 3, we'll obviously know what the future holds, but I think we should have a better idea in the next week about whether they want to keep me.

"It's difficult to say what will happen. In my heart of hearts, I'd very much like to stay in Australia for a few years and play some football here. It was time for me to leave England but I suppose if that's where I have to go next, I'd go and do it,'' he added.

''But if I can get something worked out in Australia, whether it be with Newcastle or someone else, then I'd like to stay here.

Andrew Slevison
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