CLUB NEWS | Jonathan Franks moves to Iceland

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 16 May 2018

The club can confirm that winger Jonathan Franks has joined ÍBV (full name Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja) in Iceland.

They play in the 12-team top division (Úrvalsdeild) and currently sit in bottom place after just three games, having drawn their one home match and lost twice on the road.

Based on the island of Heimaey, with a population of 4,135, it is the largest in the Vestmannaeyjar (sometimes anglicised as ‘Westman Islands’) archipelago, five miles off the southern coast of Iceland.

They play their home games at the Hásteinsvöllur stadium, which is used mostly for football matches and has a capacity of 2,834.

In January 2012, ÍBV announced plans to install 700 additional seats at an estimated cost of 40 million ISK (315,000 USD).

The club has been a regular competitor in European competition, having played 44 times over the years.

Former England international goalkeeper David James played for the club back in 2013 and clocked up his 1,000th career game in their colours. While the current squad also includes players from France, the Faroe Islands, Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina.

The transfer window in Iceland closed at midnight last night, so the paperwork was exchanged with his new club in Iceland in the hours leading up to the deadline and the FAW were also were able to issue his clearance.

Their next game is away to Fylkir on Thursday, a club-based in Árbær in the eastern part of the capital Reykjavík, before they play at home again on Monday against second placed FH.

Jonathan does already know one of his team mates, David Atkinson, from their days in the north-east of England, when they were briefly together at Hartlepool United.

We wish Jonathan well on his new adventure and thank him for his time with us.


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