The Carolina RailHawks have announced the signing of midfielder Floyd Franks to a multi-year deal, pending USSF approval. Franks returns to the RailHawks after a transfer to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer saw him depart during the preseason prior to the 2012 NASL season. In two seasons (2010-2011) with the RailHawks, Franks accumulated 4,406 minutes, 2 goals, and 6 assists while making 51 starts in 57 league and playoff appearances.
“It’s exciting to add a player of Floyd’s ability to the team at this point in the season,” said RailHawks Head Coach Colin Clarke. “Floyd is a very versatile player who can play across the midfield and on the back line. His familiarity with the club and his time with us in preseason, we expect for him to settle in nicely.”
Franks played his college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he finished his career with 18 goals and 15 assists in 71 appearances and was a two-time All-Conference USA selection and an All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection. The 10th overall pick in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft, Franks has gone on to play for the Chicago Fire, Cleveland City Stars, Blokhus FC of Denmark, and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Franks joins a talented RailHawks roster looking to continue its strong play into the second half of the season. The RailHawks have 7 wins, 1 tie, and 2 losses over their last 10 matches in all competitions.
The RailHawks will return to NASL action on Saturday, July 21st at 7:00p.m. when they host reigning NASL Champions Minnesota Stars. Prior to the game fans can participate in the Inaugural Pregame Pig Pickin’ Festival. Entry to the festival will be $10 and include barbeque and beer. Tickets for the match can be purchased online at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com. For more information about tickets to the match and entry bracelets for the festival contact the Cruizers Box Office at 919-459-8144 or by email at tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com.