Former Middlesbrough winger is taking centre stage at Hartlepool Utd

Jonathan Franks in action against Shrewsbury. Picture by FRANK REID
Jonathan Franks in action against Shrewsbury. Picture by FRANK REID

JONATHAN Franks is revelling being the centre of attention under John Hughes.

Switched from his usual posting on the flank, the 22-year-old has shone in a central role during the Scot’s short reign.

Populating the pocket between midfielders and defenders, Franks says his new detail is very much to his liking.

“We’ve changed our style of play as a team and my role has changed as part of that,” said the former Middlesbrough star.

“It suits a few of the lads a lot better and I think I’m one of them.

“I’m getting on the ball a lot more and I’m getting it in better positions.

“Being in possession in those dangerous areas is what you want.

“It’s a part of the pitch which midfielders don’t like to drop into and defenders don’t like to get sucked into.

“So it’s up to me to try to make things happen in there.”

Franks is no stranger to the position, the ethos of Middlesbrough’s academy seeing youngsters tasked with a variety of responsibilities.

“At Boro I played there quite a bit,” he went on, “It’s something they like to do.

“I’m still getting used to it at this level but I think it maybe suits me better than out wide.

“I just need to start adding goals and assists to my game on a more regular basis, that’s the aim.”