Francis David "Frank" Fielding was born on the 4th of April of 1988 in Blackburn Lancashire and came through the ranks at Blackburn as a product of Rovers academy.
Standing at 6β1β he got his first real taste of first team football when he joined Wycombe Wanderers in league 2 in 2007 on a three-month loan. Wanderers were having a terrible run of luck with major injuries to all of their keeper options (sound familiar?).
Fielding kept a clean sheet on debut and made such an impression that his loan was extended until the end of the 07/08 season. Such was his form in goal, once the clubs regular keepers had returned from injury; they were unable to displace him from the team.
In the 08/09 season he looked for more football at Northampton Town where he made 12 appearances over the 3 months he spent with the club.
For the rest of the 08/09 season Fielding was loaned to Rochdale where he was instrumental in the club reaching the play-offs. Unfortunately they lost to Gillingham in the semi-finals.
During the 09/10 season Fielding joined Leeds United on a one-month emergency loan and during that time was called up to England under-21 team.
Once the month at Leeds was up Fielding returned to Rochdale on loan until the end of the 2009β10 season and once again was a major influence in the club finishing third and this time round promotion to League One.
2010β11 started as it had been in his time at Blackburn finding himself third choice keeper with Paul Robinson firmly entrenched as number one.
Fielding issued a "come-and-get-me" plea to the Championship as rumours of interest from the Rams surfaced - "It is the worst feeling when you are training all week and not playing - so if anyone wants me on loan, I'm available!"
The rumours became reality as he joined Derby on a four-week emergency loan on 15 October 2010. Stephen Bywater was injured and Fielding went straight into the squad for the home match against Preston North End in which he kept a clean sheet as the Rams had a comfortable 3β0 win.
The loan was extended for an additional month on until December and on returning to Blackburn his seven appearances had included three clean sheets, 15 points from a possible 21 and the Rams sitting fourth on the table.
Fielding returned to Blackburn and again was without regular football until the Rams came knocking again for his services.
At international level he has played for the England U19βs (2 appearances) and U21βs (8 appearances) for whom he is currently the first choice keeper.
Speaking to the DCFC official site, Frank was happy to be back and straight into the action:
"It is great to come back and see everyone again, I didn't need much persuading to come back because I had a great time here before, and the set-up is probably the best outside the Premiership.β
"It will be easy to settle in because I know everyone around the place, other than one or two new faces. It will be even easier to settle back in if we get a win on Saturday.β
"I haven't had any game time since I went back to Blackburn, so I'm dying to play regularly again."
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