Dorking Wanderers are today delighted to announce the signing of George Francomb following his release from Crawley Town.
George, 31, began his career in the Tottenham Hotspur youth ranks before moving on to the Norwich City academy at the age of 16. He made his debut for 'The Canaries' as an 18-year old in the second round of the EFL Trophy against Gillingham during the 2009/10 season. Whilst at the East Anglia club George would experience loan spells with Barnet and then Hibernian, his time with the Edinburgh side including a substitute appearance in the 2012 Scottish Cup Final against city rivals Hearts.
A final loan stint from Norwich out to AFC Wimbledon concluded with George making a permanent switch to the South London club in 2013. Going on to make nearly 200 appearances for 'The Dons', George featured in a side which included current Wanderers Barry Fuller and Callum Kennedy, and went on to achieve promotion via the play-offs from League Two in 2016.
Signing for Crawley Town in 2018, George would be named club captain prior to the 2020/21 season. He would go on to make over 150 appearances for 'The Red Devils' during his time with the club.
An incredibly versatile player throughout his career, beginning as a right-sided winger and full back before becoming increasingly involved in central areas, manager Marc White says:
'For the club this is typical of the type of signing we would always look to attract post-promotion; we look to add players to the existing group who are better than the league we are in. Having been promoted in tantamount June last year we had really limited ability to do so. The signing of George signifies the re-building we are renowned for.'
The Wanderers boss believes the new signing will add a lot to the side in the here and now, as well as the future:
'George has played over 400 football league games - he is extremely experienced and can play in a number of positions defensively and in midfield. He is a leader, has captained a number of the sides he has played for and brings a vast level of experience with him. Best of all though - he is a really good guy who will fit into the culture and the mode of this club, and the long term deal we have given him really does staple our intentions for the next era of our project.'
George, who will wear the number 37 shirt for Wanderers, adds the following:
'I'm really looking forward to my new challenge here at Dorking. Marc's made me feel really at home with the offer and the project he has put to me. I can't wait to get started and help the club to consolidate this season.'
George will go straight into the squad for this Saturday's fixture away to Aldershot Town.