Franklin United announce signings ahead of new Lotto NRFL campaign

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Franklin United have announced a number of signings ahead of their upcoming Lotto NRFL Northern Conference season.

Signings include Jun Hong (from Bucklands Beach), goalkeeper Brody Turkington (from Mount Albert Ponsonby) and defender Andy O’Donoghue (from Hamilton Wanderers).

Papakura resident Junho Hong (31) said: “I look forward to playing locally, for a club that has big ambition with great staff and skilled players. It is exciting to be a part of in 2023. I am hopeful of a successful season for myself and the team, that cumulates in seeing the team promoted.”

Bucklands Beach’s Jun Hong lines up a shot last season. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

Goalkeeper Brody Turkington (27) has moved back to the area, living in Ramarama/Drury South Crossing, and rejoins the club after spells with Mt Albert Ponsonby and Onehunga Mangere United.

“I am looking forward to being part of a professional, high-quality environment that is in place,” he said.

“I only left the club due to moving into the city, so to now be back, I am looking forward to helping the club by producing clean sheets and the wins required to get the club promoted.”

Main photo: Brody Turkington … previously in Franklin United colours. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

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Amit Narayan (30) has re-signed for another season in Franklin United colours. The Takanini resident has previously had spells with South Auckland Rangers, Papatoetoe, Manukau United and Mangere United but enjoyed his first season at Franklin.

Narayan said: “Last year was my first year playing for Franklin United and I absolutely loved the vibe around the club. It’s amazing to play in front of the member clubs and see the support we get each week. I really respect and value what the club is trying to do.

“They have clear goals and are very professional for an amateur club. Finally, training, playing and interacting with a great bunch of first team and Under 23 staff and players has built my connection to the club. I am looking forward to this hard work paying off with success on the field.”

Re-signing for another season is Papakura-based Keshav Singh (16) who made his first team debut last season.

He said he was back at the club “because of the quality coaching, the opportunities that have been provided and to play around other skilled players, whilst learning from senior players’ experience.”

Defender Andy O’Donoghue (28) has returned to Franklin after a season with Hamilton Wanderers.

“I’m delighted to be back at Franklin United,” he said. “I enjoyed my stint at the club in 2021 before our season was cut short due to the pandemic.

“I’m familiar with the majority of the players, coaches and staff within the club and am looking forward to meeting up with them all again and hopefully bringing success to Franklin United.

“I can’t wait to get back into it with the group, and my drive is to win football games to help the team and club achieve our goals.”

 

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