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Canaries academy product joins Leeds legend at Crawley after lengthy spell at Wimbledon

PUBLISHED: 17:14 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:02 13 June 2018

George Francomb in FA Cup third round action against Tottenham at Wembley last season. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

George Francomb in FA Cup third round action against Tottenham at Wembley last season. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

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Norwich City academy product George Francomb has brought an end to his six years at AFC Wimbledon to sign for League Two rivals Crawley Town.

The 26-year-old midfielder or right-back joined the Dons on a free transfer when he was released by the Canaries in 2013 and has gone on to make 221 appearances, including an initial loan spell.

Francomb joined City’s academy at 16 after being released by Tottenham Hotspur and went on to make five senior appearances after making his debut at 18, playing all of a 1-0 win at Gillingham in the Football League Trophy in October 2009.

Loan spells at Barnet and Hibernian preceded his time at Wimbledon and he could soon face a Norwich reunion, as new club Crawley are heading to Colney for a behind-closed-doors friendly on July 12.

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“I’m delighted to be joining Crawley and I am looking forward to working under Harry Kewell,” he told his new club’s website. “I know the type of football he likes to play and that really appeals to me. It’s a good club and I’m looking forward to joining up with the other lads at pre-season and cracking on.”

Crawley’s director of football, Selim Gaygusuz, added: “George has won this league before with Wimbledon and he is very versatile. He can play right midfield, central midfield or right-back and he’s got great ability with his set-piece delivery.

“Myself and (head coach) Harry Kewell feel he is going to really improve our options and we’re delighted he has agreed to join us.”

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