Hartlepool’s Jonathan Franks says his mission is to make goals happen for Neale Cooper’s team

Hartlepool United's new signing Jonathan Franks.
Hartlepool United's new signing Jonathan Franks.
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JONATHAN Franks is in no doubt as to his mission for Hartlepool United this season.

The 22-year-old is thus far the only new addition to manager Neale Cooper’s ranks this summer.

Franks, though, knows exactly why the Scot has brought him to Victoria Park, and the Teessider insists he is ready to deliver.

“I had a good chat with the gaffer when I signed,” the forward said, “and he told me what he wants from me.

“The team obviously struggled for goals at times last season and the players he wants to bring in are all about changing that.

“That includes me, and that’s great because I’m an attacking-minded player and that’s where I’m happiest, in the final third.

“It’s all about creating goals or scoring goals for me and I hope I can bring that here.”

Indeed, Franks was both a prolific creator and scorer of goals throughout his junior career with Middlesbrough, and that saw him honoured at England youth level.

He rediscovered his shooting boots during a loan spell at Yeovil Town towards the back end of last season and he netted three times from 14 outings.

And he admits the time has come to deliver on a consistent basis in League One.

“The spell at Yeovil got my career back on track and gave me a lot of confidence,” said Franks, who had found himself out of the first-team picture under Tony Mowbray at the Riverside Stadium.

“I didn’t want last season to finish because I’d played 13 or 14 games and was getting back in the swing of things.

“It was disappointing not to get as many chances at Middlesbrough, and that’s why I’ve had to look elsewhere. When I was playing under Gordon Strachan I was loving every minute.

“A couple of injuries set me back a little bit and I wasn’t in the picture at all really under Tony Mowbray. But he spoke with me before I went and said some encouraging things which have given me confidence.

“I just can’t wait to get started now. I’ll keep myself ticking over fitness wise during the summer and I just can’t wait to get back and meet the lads.”