Further to Monday's and Tuesday's news, Middlesbrough pair Jonathan Franks and Jonathan Grounds have now formally signed their loan deals with Yeovil Town. The pair have agreed an "initial" one month loan deal at Huish Park - the implication is that there is an open door for the Glovers to extend the deals if all goes well.
Both players are products of the Championship side's academy system. Franks is a right-winger who can also play up front. Born on April 8th 1990, in Stockton-on-Tees, he has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, as well as making 30 appearances for Boro's first team. He had a short loan spell with Oxford United earlier this season that was aborted due to a shoulder injury. He will wear shirt number 16 during his time at Huish Park.
Grounds is the more experienced of the two, and is a 24 year old left-back, who can also play as a centre-back. Born in Thornaby-on-Tees on February 2nd 1988, he has made 37 appearances for Boro's first team, and has also had loan spells with Norwich City and Hibernian. Earlier this season, he had a 16 game loan spell with Chesterfield, although he missed the match against the Glovers last November at the B2Net Stadium. He will wear shirt number 17 during his time at Huish Park.
The two players are out of contract at the end of the 2011-12 season, and the feeling amongst Boro fans is that with neither having made first team appearances this season, that they will be released as free agents at the end of the season.
With Ryan Dickson having recently left Yeovil Town, the logical assumption is that Grounds will be seen as a natural replacement for him, whilst Franks is capable of occupying the right-wing berth that Joe Edwards occupied until his injury sent him back to Bristol City. In terms of the current loss of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dean Parrett's position can be covered by the return of Dominic Blizzard to fitness following his hamstring problem.
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