Former Chelsea defender Sinclair happy to play for free at Brackley Town

Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has agreed to play for free at Brackley Town (picture: Brian Martin)
Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has agreed to play for free at Brackley Town (picture: Brian Martin)

Brackley town boss Jon Brady admits he would like to keep Frank Sinclair until the end of the season.

And Brady says the former Chelsea defender is keen to stay, agreeing to play for free.

Sinclair recently started for the Saints in the 1-0 victory at home to Harrogate Town and the 1-1 draw at North Ferriby.

And the 43-year-old’s experience, gained during a playing career that is now in its 25th year, is seen as vital to a Brackley side packed with youngsters.

“Frank is amazing,” said Brady. “His voice alone is an inspiration for the lads and it really helps our younger players because aside from Billy (Turley), we haven’t got any talkers.

“I would like to get him in and he wants to come, but we’d need to iron a few things out first.

“We’ve chopped and changed and I’ve got to stick with the players I’ve got and give them a chance.

“We’ll see what happens with Frank. I’ll weigh things up but he does really help and he’s agreed to play for no pay until the end of the year.

Sinclair travels from his home in Bolton to London on Fridays as he works for Chelsea TV.

That would mean the only cost Brackley would incur would be a hotel room on the Friday night, and that, Brady says, makes it something of a ‘no-brainer’ to get him in.

The manager is now setting his sights on Saturday’s crucial clash with Lowestoft as Brackley bid to bounce back from last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Vanarama North.

And he said: “It’s a six-pointer for us.

“We need to pick up results to stay safe because the teams below us are winning games.

“It’s a really tight division and we can’t underestimate how important this match is for us.”

Brackley currently sit 13th in Vanarama North, eight points clear of the bottom three.

They pushed play-off-chasing Solihull Moors all the way last weekend, losing out to a fine strike from Omar Bogle.

And Brady said: “It was an excellent free-kick - Ronaldo-esque.

“But it’s very frustrating because it should have been a free-kick and we just huffed and puffed in the 

“It shows how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed not to get anything out of a game at a team in the top five.”