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Moors improve defensive options and fend off Bogle interest

Solihull Editorial 11th Jun, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

MOORS have further increased their defensive options for the forthcoming 2015/16 campaign with the signings of Gareth Dean and Connor Franklin.

Dean joins from Nuneaton Town where he has spent all of his career having amassed almost 300 appearances since making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2008.

The 25-year-old won three promotions in his first four seasons during his time at Liberty Way as Nuneaton swiftly climbed up top the Conference Premier.

Meanwhile Leicester-born Franklin is also a former Nuneaton player having left the club before their liquidation in 2008.

The former Leicester City apprentice spent two years at Hinckley United before moving Alfeton Town where he picked up a Conference North Winners medal having made over 150 appearances in his four years at the Impact Arena.

He returned to Nuneaton last summer and enjoyed an impressive season which earned him the Supporters Player of the Season award in his first spell back at Liberty Way.

Jordan Gough has also announced this week that he will remain at the Autotech Stadium for the 2015/16 season.

The attacking full-back, who can also play in central defence, will enter into his third season at this level after signing from Gresley in 2013.

His versatility along with his professional approach made him popular amongst fans and players.

All three players join former defensive colleagues Theo Streete and Gavin Cowen in the Moors squad for the forthcoming season and bring the total of former National League signings this summer to 11.

With the quality of players added to Bignot’s squad, there is a real sense of optimism and genuine competition within the team for the forthcoming season at the Autotech Stadium.

The club have also confirmed that following ongoing discussions with Dominic Langdon and Owen Story, both players have been given permission to talk to other clubs.

Winger Owen Story joined last summer from Brackley Town and made 20 appearances scoring one goal, but his first team opportunities were limited after picking up a mid-season injury.

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