Stevenage fans’ favourite Fraser Franks bows out in gracious style after bidding a fond farewell

PUBLISHED: 13:53 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:53 16 May 2018

Fraser Franks and Ronnie Henry after the match at Morecambe. Credit @laythy29

Fraser Franks and Ronnie Henry after the match at Morecambe. Credit @laythy29

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Former Stevenage favourite Fraser Franks has paid tribute to the club and its loyal fans after leaving the Lamex.

The 27-year-old who signed for the Broadhall Way outfit in 2015 made more than 120 appearances in three years, including 32 in all competitions this term, scoring one goal, a memorable strike away at Morecambe in January.

The 6ft 2in defender, who captained England C while at Welling United before he joined Boro’s neighbours and rivals Luton Town in January 2014.

Speaking exclusively to CometSport dignified Franks thanked everyone for their support during his 36 months at the club.

He said: “I think the fans took to me because they recognised I always gave 100 per cent. I think I played every position going during my time.

“I thought initially when I signed I’d have to win them over coming from Luton but they took to me straight away.”

The Hammersmith-borm former Chelsea and Brentford youth – who former Boro boss Darren Sarll first coached at Griffin Park – made his debut in the 2-0 home defeat against Notts County in August 2015 in Teddy Sheringham’s first match in charge of Stevenage.

Although it was a disappointing year as Boro finished 18th, Franks, who made 42 appearances, scoring three goals, was voted player of the year.

He said: “Sheringham gave me a chance and for me to get player of the year showed what I was capable of.

“Under Sheringham I played every game and Sarlly I did nearly every game until January when things off the pitch maybe interfered with that a little bit. “But all I wanted to do was play football. Sarlly was my youth team coach a good ten years ago now and he was my first team coach at Stevenage.”

Franks scored his only goal this term when he hit a spectacular last-gasp equaliser against the Shrimps at the Globe Arena after being thrown on as a centre-forward on a freezing day on the Fylde Coast during Ronnie Henry’s record-breaking 469th appearance. Franks smiled at the memory saying: “A few of the lads did give me a bit of good-natured stick about the goal. I’m not sure they could believe it.”

He adding graciously: “I just want to say a big thank you to all at the club and the fans. I wish them all the best in the future.”

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