Jeffers unlikely to stay longer

THERE appears to be little chance of Francis Jeffers staying beyond his one-month loan spell, according to his Blackburn boss Mark Hughes.The 26-year-old striker inspired the Blues to a 5-2 win at hapless Hull City on Tuesday night with an equaliser, an assist in Alan Lee's goal and helping in the build-up to Jaime Peters' deflected strike.

By Derek Davis

THERE appears to be little chance of Francis Jeffers staying beyond his one-month loan spell, according to his Blackburn boss Mark Hughes.

The 26-year-old striker inspired the Blues to a 5-2 win at hapless Hull City on Tuesday night with an equaliser, an assist in Alan Lee's goal and helping in the build-up to Jaime Peters' deflected strike.

It was only his second goal in 30 games - the other was a penalty for Rovers in their UEFA Cup win over Basle - and he has joined Ipswich Town to regain his confidence and scoring touch.


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Hughes insists Jeffers is still very much in his thoughts even though he dropped down the pecking order with the emergence of Matt Derbyshire, and the form of David Bentley and Benni McCarthy, while on-loan Roma ace Shabani Nonda has also figured regularly.

He said: “Frannie has been a little unfortunate this season, inasmuch as Matt Derbyshire has come to the fore and done exceptionally well for me, so in the next month or so he probably would not have got a great deal of football.

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“He just wants to play. He hasn't had a great deal of football and I think it will benefit him if he gets some games under his belt. Then, for the last month or so, he can come back here and be an option for us.”

The former Arsenal and Everton striker still has another year and three months on his current Rovers contract and would be too expensive for Ipswich to sign on a permanent basis.

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