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Former AFC Wimbledon and Brentford defender Fraser Franks leaves Welling United to join Skrill Premier title favourites Luton Town

By Matthew Panting
Fraser Franks Picture: Keith Gillard
Fraser Franks Picture: Keith Gillard

Welling boss Jamie Day believes the departure of Fraser Franks to Skrill Premier title favourites Luton will help attract fresh talent to Park View Road.

Franks, 23, has joined Luton on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee after they became the second club to activate a clause in his contract during the January transfer window.

Day has seen the likes of Andy Pugh, Jack Parkinson, Loick Pires, Anthony Acheampong and now Franks depart Park View Road in cash deals in recent season - underlining the ability of the coaching staff to get young players' careers back on track.

"We hope that this again shows that Welling is a club that can develop young players and they can move on when they are ready," said Day.

"Fraser was an important member of our squad and leaves us as a Conference South title winner, England C international and an established player at Skrill Premier level.

"He has been a pleasure to work with and has developed into an England C international during his time with us.

"He has always shown a great attitude in games and training, and deserves to move back into full-time football.

"All the staff wish him the best of luck with his new path and hopefully he develops further.

The England C defender made 71 appearances and scored four goals for Welling after leaving AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2012.

Day confirmed that he is working on a replacement for Franks to his squad and hopes to have a new signing in place by Monday, subject to final paperwork being completed.

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