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Ashford United sign former Maidstone and Tonbridge striker Frannie Collin from Hythe Town


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Ashford boss Tommy Warrilow has completed the signing of striker Frannie Collin.

The 34-year-old frontman has been without a club after leaving Hythe last month following the change in management at Reachfields.

Frannie Collin in action for Hythe last season. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Frannie Collin in action for Hythe last season. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Collin has worked with Warrilow before, at Tonbridge Angels where Collin enjoyed a successful time in front of goal.

He started his career at Gillingham before joining Dover in 2007. Collin won back-to-back titles at Crabble, helping them climb from Isthmian League Division 1 South into Conference South.

After Dover lost to Woking in the 2009-10 play-offs, Collin left to sign for Tonbridge. There he was part of the Angels side which won promotion via the Isthmian League Premier Division play-offs in 2010-11.

Collin bagged 29 goals to pick up the Golden Boot award the following season and he was also named Conference South player of the year. Collin finished with 18 league goals to his name the next year before joining Maidstone in May 2013.

He scored over 50 goals for the Stones in his first two seasons at the Gallagher before spells at Leatherhead, Margate and most recently Hythe.

Collin took on a player/coach role with Hythe under Steve Watt at the start of the current campaign and was left in temporary charge alongside Nathan Elder when Watt stepped down after budget cuts in November 2021. Collin left Hythe after they appointed James Rogers as manager and has now decided his immediate future lies at Homelands.

He will be available for selection in Saturday's match at home to Lancing, with Ashford currently two points off leaders Hastings with a game in hand at the top of Isthmian South East.

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