Hinckley AFC manager Carl Abbott has completed the signing of former Barwell and Tamworth defender Francino Francis.

With injuries aplenty amongst defenders – Mitchell Tomlinson, Jack Farmer and Ryan Paddock are all still unavailable while Kristian Ramsey-Dickson is not yet fully fit either – Abbo has moved quickly to add experience to the back line.

The 29-year-old Jamaican-born centre back – who can also play up front if required – joins from Hednesford Town, where he has been since March.

After being released by Stoke City, Francino made three appearances for Watford 2006-06 in the season The Hornets were promoted to the Premier League, before moving into non-league and joining Redditch United.

Since then, he has played for the likes of Barwell, Tamworth, Chasetown and Hednesford, making more than a hundred appearances for The Pitmen across two spells.

On Twitter, Abbott called the addition “a huge, season defining signing” and will hope that he can strike up a solid partnership with Jamal Clarke at the heart of the defence.

Source: hinckleyafc.org.uk

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