Notts County have announced the signing of AFC Bournemouth midfielder Frank Vincent.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Scunthorpe United and Walsall in SkyBet League Two, and is now returning to non-league football.
He was part of the Torquay United side which won promotion to the Vanarama National League in the 2018-19 season, alongside centre-back Kyle Cameron who also signed for the Magpies last week (25 June).
Before signing for Bournemouth, Vincent spent time in the youth set-up at Queens Park Rangers and Barnet.
Head Coach Ian Burchnall revealed he had been tracking the midfielder since he arrived at the club in March.
“We’ve followed Frank’s progress closely and actually tried to bring him in when [new Assistant Head Coach] Michael Doyle got injured against AFC Hornchurch,” he said.
“He’s a talented player who’s had some interesting loan moves which show he’s got the hunger to play. We’ve been impressed with him.”
Burchnall implied Notts fans can expect Vincent to fill the hole in the midfield left by Jake Reeves, who left the club to look for opportunities in the EFL in June.
“Frank can play either as a holding midfielder or as a number eight. He covers ground well, he’s left-footed and a good passer of the ball.
“He suits the way we want to play and has been given a good education in that style at Bournemouth.”
Vincent said of his move to Meadow Lane:
“I’m buzzing really, it’s such a big club and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’m left-footed, I’m a midfielder, I’d say I’m a technically-gifted player,” he noted.
“I like to pass the ball, I love a one-two. I think the way I play is going to be really suited to the way the Gaffer wants to play here, with lots of possession-based football.
“I like to pass forward; I’m not here just to get the ball and pass it sideways and not take risks. I think I’m a risk-taker in the right moments.
“I still haven’t got a career goal so I’m hoping to find that here, and find some goal-scoring form here!”
The new signing praised the influence of Ian Burchnall in selling the club as his next destination after his Bournemouth contract expired on 1 July.
“I knew the interest was there from Notts County for quite a while, and having spoken to Ian and having been to the stadium about a month ago, we had a good chat about football.
“His way of playing is very suited to my style of play, so that was always a big factor in me wanting to come here and get this deal done.
“I think this is just the best place for me to really kick on and improve in training.”
He spoke of his admiration for his new surroundings when he visited with Torquay United in Notts’ first season in the National League.
“Before the game, when you go out on the pitch, you’re thinking ‘This is a good stadium, this is it, this is where I want to be’.
“The memories of the stadium, the fans and the atmosphere, I can’t fault it really. I just hope that we get the fans back in and I can’t wait to add to the positive emotions.”
Vincent added he hadn’t expected a familiar face to be greeting him in the dressing room at Meadow Lane.
“When I saw [Kyle Cameron sign for Notts], I was quite shocked to be honest, because I thought Kyle’s the type of player that can easily play in the league. It really shows Notts County’s reach and their aspirations.
“It really confirmed for me that this is where I want to go.”
Notts’ pre-season schedule begins with trips to Coalville, AFC Telford United and Boston United in July.
They will host Derby County and York City in August before a trip to former manager Neal Ardley’s Solihull Moors on 14 August.
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