So, is there any doubt now how former Ross County player, father of player, assistant manager, and manager Neale Cooper has been keeping busy? Did I mention that he was twice manager of Hartlepool United F.C., and that the second time was during the 2011-2012 season when both Darren Holden (signed earlier this week) and Jonathan Franks (signed today) were making their way into the first team?
Franks joins the squad after three seasons with the Monkey Hangers where he was used as both a striker and a winger (I’m guessing it will be more of the latter at Ross County). The 25 year old native of Stockton-on-Tees began his career in the Middlesbrough youth system, making a season’s worth of appearances for the senior side over a four year period that also saw him loaned out to Oxford United F.C. and Yeovil Town F.C.. Franks may have seen even more time with the Middlesbrough first team had not back and shoulder injuries disrupted almost all of the 2010 and 2011 calendar years.
Still, despite the layoffs caused by these injuries Franks still managed to show enough of the form that made him an England youth international all the way up through the U20 side for Hartlepool to come calling in 2012 and to make him a first team regular during his three seasons there.
Is it time for preseason yet?!