Yeovil Town target extended deals for Middlesbrough duo

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson says he would like to keep Middlesbrough loan duo Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks at Huish Park.

The pair signed for the Glovers on 22 February on an initial one-month deal, with the option of extending until the end of the season.

"They are both players I would like to keep long-term," Johnson told BBC Points West.

"They can help us challenge at the other end of the table next season."

Johnson added: "You'd have to ask them how they've settled in but certainly their football has. They are two players I knew of anyway and I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to get them."

Left-back Grounds, 24, is out of contract at the Riverside in the summer and told BBC Somerset last week that he is willing to look elsewhere for first-team football, after making just 38 appearances for his parent club since 2007.

After scoring from Grounds's cross in Tuesday's draw with Scunthorpe, midfielder Franks, 21, admitted he was keen to stay at the League One club.

"For both of us - Groundsy as well - the gaffer did say he wanted us to stay until the end of the season," added Franks.

"We signed for a month and obviously if we didn't do well he'd send us back and it works both ways in that if we weren't enjoying it we could go back.

"But I'm enjoying every minute and I think Grounds is as well.

"I'm thriving on it. We both want to play games and we both want to play for Yeovil. It's a nice club with nice fans and a great set of lads in the changing room."

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