Fraser Franks, a long-rumoured target of the Imps, last night joined League Two rivals Newport County on a two-year deal.
Crucially, the reports have not mentioned interest from other League Two clubs, suggesting that Franks was no longer a target for City after an indifferent season with Stevenage. Last summer, Franks was heavily linked with a move to Sincil Bank and there had been talk of a £50,000 bid being turned down by his parent club.
Franks started his career at Chelsea and has previously played on loan at Newport, as well as representing AFC Wimbledon, Welling United and Luton Town. He also played for England C and can operate at centre back or right back. It’s possible Imps’ interest cooled after a dismal season in which Franks drifted in and out of the Stevenage side.
Franks said of the move: “It’s clear that the club is on an upward trajectory now so hopefully I can come in and keep improving the team following what the boys did last year. “Mike Flynn had a lot of good things to say so I think it’s a good time to be at Newport County AFC and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Manager Mike Flynn gave the telling line, saying: “I’m delighted Fraser’s agreed to come to Newport County AFC having turned down a new deal at Stevenage.”
City have already dipped their toe into the transfer market this summer by bringing in highly-rated Boreham Wood midfielder Bruno Andrade and former Norwich man Harry Toffolo. Danny has spoken of not being rushed in the transfer market, a pattern repeated from last season when, after a wait of around six weeks, he announced several players in close proximity.
There’s no suggestion the Imps were in for Franks this summer, nor is there any solid suggestion they were in for Southend’s latest signing Tom Hopper. Social media rumours suggested so, but then rumours are incredibly inaccurate. What one man thinks is ‘in the know’ knowledge can be utter garbage.
For instance, last night I was told that a player who moved for eight figures less than eighteen months ago was close to signing a loan deal with the club. That’s right, a player who cost in excess of £10m in 2017 was nearing a season-long loan with Lincoln City. It may be kosher, after all the person I spoke to has been right about big moves in the past, but this one would make Michael Bostwick’s move look as surprising as having to queue in the Coop, or finding road works hindering a journey across Lincoln.
Let me stress, I don’t for one second believe what I’ve been told. Just for clarity, I’m not giving you a taster of a big name striker coming to the Bank, I’m merely expressing the way some social media rumours can develop and start. Lets see how it pans out, eh?