JONATHAN Franks says he is determined to repay the faith of Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper.
The Stockton-born forward came through the ranks at his boyhood club Middlesbrough, where he made his Premier League debut as a 19-year-old.
Franks made permanent his place in the senior set-up under Gordon Strachan but fell out of favour under Tony Mowbray, a situation which prompted his switch to Victoria Park when he became Cooper’s first close-season signing back in May.
And the Scot clearly has him earmarked for big things, the 22-year-old having started both games on the right-hand side of midfield during this week’s Dutch tour.
Franks is aware of the increased levels of expectancy, but insists it is a challenge he is raring to take on.
“Coming here, I want to be playing every week and it’s a different kind of pressure now,” he said.
“At Middlesbrough there was pressure because Gordon Strachan wanted the best out of you, but I was still only young.
“Here, I want to be playing every week and it’s up to me to make that happen. I had a little taste of that at Yeovil on loan last season and I’m ready for the challenge.”