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Wrexham Bring In Former Pools Winger

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Dean Keates, manager of Vanarama National League club Wrexham, has brought in winger-cum-forward Jonathan Franks on a contract until the end of the season.

A former Middlesbrough trainee, Franks returned for a second spell with Wrexham`s league rivals Hartlepool United last summer but left when his short-term contract expired and a transfer embargo on the club meant they couldn’t extend his deal further.

The 27-year-old, who scored 6 goals in twenty-two appearances during the first half of this season, is comfortable playing on either flank or in a central striking role and has been training with Scottish Premiership outfit St Johnstone since leaving Hartlepool.

While at the Riverside, he played thirty times of his boyhood heroes, including one Premier League appearance, against West Ham United in 2009.

There were also loan spells with both Oxford United and Yeovil Town.

The Stockton-born player previously turned out for Hartlepool between 2012 and 2015, making 143 appearances and scoring 16 goals following his arrival from Middlesbrough.

Franks then left Teesside to link up with Ross County and he had success north of the border, playing his part as the Scottish outfit lifted the League Cup in 2015/16.

He played nearly fifty games in the SPL before leaving the Staggies eight months ago.

“I had a word with Nicky Deverdics when I learnt of Wrexham’s interest and he said I would enjoy playing here, so here I am,” Franks told the club`s official website. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, a mad 24 hours, but also enjoyable and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

The player’s eligibility is subject to international clearance being received.


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