Hogges feels like home for Jamaican Frankson
Fabian Frankson is set to become only the second non-Islander to play for Bermuda Hogges — and hopes to represent the national team in the future.
The 27-year-old Jamaican follows in the footsteps of Trinidadian Keston Lewis, now of Flanagan’s Onions, who played for the Hogges in the now defunct USL Division 2 in 2009.
Frankson, who has been a consistent performer for Dandy Town for several seasons, has lived on the Island for six years and, as a spouse of a Bermudian, is eligible to play for the country.
A strong season for the Hogges would certainly help his national team cause as both sides are coached by Andrew Bascome.
“Starting out with Dandy Town was a pathway to uplifting my game, and playing for the Hogges is always something I have wanted to do — it’s a higher level of football and that’s where I want to go with my career,” said Frankson, who previously played for PHC Zebras.
“I have pretty much won everything there is to win in Bermuda, from the ISL to the Premier Division title and I want to extend my performances and uplift myself.”
Having spent the last five domestic seasons playing in the Premier Division, Frankson already feels like “one of the family” in the Hogges dressing room and considers Bermuda his adopted home.
“I have lived here for six years and I’m very comfortable with the boys here — there’s a lot of love and a lot of jokes, and I know they will accept me as part of the family,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to making the team, and making Bermuda and the Hogges proud.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, you always want to play at a higher level and it will be interesting to see how I compare to the foreign players we will be up against.”
Before moving to Bermuda, Frankson played for Seba United, now called Montego Bay United, under the stewardship of Jamaican legend Theodore Whitmore, who scored twice against Japan in the 1998 World Cup.
Frankson credited Whitmore for inspiring to him to make the most of his ability.
“I played in Jamaica for Seba United and my coach was Theodore Whitmore,” said the midfielder. “He’s my motivation and why I want to top my game a little more.
“Jamaica is a bigger Island (than Bermuda) and we have lots of talented players, but Bermuda is my home now; I have a family here, I have a son and a daughter here.
“Hopefully someday I can join the Bermudian national team.”
Hogges open their Premier Development League season against Reading United at Goose Gosling Field on Friday, May 31.