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Kean and Jeffers set to arrive at DPMM

Brunei DPMM have announced that new manager Steve Kean and striker Francis Jeffers will be arriving before the end of November.

Former Blackburn Rovers manager Kean, who had already been announced as the new incoming head coach of DPMM, will formally take charge of the squad after he goes through the formalities and puts pen to paper to mark the start of his reign.

Following Kean will be former Arsenal striker Jeffers, whose arrival is slated to be on November 24, although the 32-year-old will only be on trial.

Jeffers was previously on a season-long contract with English League Two side Accrington Stanley after globetrotting around the world and has also had short-term spells at Newcstle United Jets in the A-League, Scottish side Motherwell and Floriana in the Maltese league.

He has a solitary cap by England to his name, which he marked with a goal against Australia.

The arrivals of Kean and Jeffers is a signal of intent from the S.League side, as they aim to bolster the squad with several signings and challenge for the league title next season after confirming their participation in the S.League for a further two years.

Brazilian defender Ricarte dos Santos has left for Thailand Premier League side Phuket FC after being an outstanding presence at the back for DPMM in the 2013 season. The club will retain only compatriot Rodrigo Tosi as part of their foreign legion for 2014.

Former European-based players Daniel Orozco Alvarez, Mathias Abel, Guillaume Moullec and Joseph Gamble are some of the trialists who will join Jeffers at DPMM. Ex-USA international Frank Simek, Brazil defender David Junior Lopes and Ikpefua Osas, Shavas Thomas and former Ghana international Laryea Kingston will also trial at the club.