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We completed the signing of former Manchester City and England youth captain Ed Francis ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Francis, who skippered the likes of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho during an 11-year rise through City’s academy, left City for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2019 and captained the Molinuex outfit’s Under 23s on several occasions while helping them to the league title.
The following season he was included in the first-team’s pre-season tour but an untimely ankle injury dented his chances of breaking into Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans for the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.
Following a Covid-curtailed loan move to Swiss side Grasshopper, Francis took the brave decision to cancel his Molineux contract in pursuit of first-team action elsewhere. This paved the way for a move to League Two side Harrogate Town last December 2020, where he made a positive impression in his 20 appearances.
Having played at centre back for most of his youth career, Francis is now deployed in defensive midfield where he is able to exhibit his composure and excellent range of passing.
Last updated: August 2022
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