FRANK NOUBLE has had more clubs than Tiger Woods.
But maybe, after 17 short stays, he is finally ready to put down some roots at Newport — and his five goals in four league games have earned him August’s League Two Player of the Month award.
Here, the striker, 25, guides TOM BARCLAY through his bag of clubs.
I was there from the age of ten and I loved my time there.
I played up an age from the Under-12s onwards.
In my last year, I trained with the first team a few times.
I was offered a pro contract but said no because I didn’t think there would be many youngsters coming through.
WEST HAM (2009-12)
The first year was unbelievable with Gianfranco Zola. I leant on experienced players like Mark Noble and Carlton Cole.
The young boys there were James Tomkins, James Collison, Zavon Hines, Junior Stanislas — we were all together.
I thought the young boys did well but we struggled, though we survived. Zola left and we then had three managers in three years. That’s where the loans began.
WEST BROM (2010, loan)
We had Roberto Di Matteo as boss and Eddie Newton, who had been one of my youth-team coaches, assisting.
Results-wise it was brilliant but there were a few injuries at West Ham so I went back.
SWINDON (2010, loan)
The playing style was different and I didn’t really adjust to it as quickly as I wanted to. We reached the play-off final, though I sat it out.
SWANSEA (2010, loan)
Brendan Rodgers was my reserve coach at Chelsea so that was the link.
Swansea was great for me and I wish I stayed longer than a month — but Avram Grant called me back to West Ham because of injuries.
BARNSLEY (2011, loan)
Barnsley was another telling time for me because I didn’t get much of a chance to impress.
I don’t have many fond memories playing for Barnsley, put it that way.
CHARLTON (2011, loan)
I’m a London boy so going back down south was perfect for me.
Alex Dyer, who was our reserve coach at West Ham, was the assistant manager to Chris Powell.
I enjoyed it but I didn’t settle as well as I wanted.
GILLINGHAM (2011, loan)
Goals-wise, it was great. It was my first time in League Two and Andy Hessenthaler was the manager.
I played straight away against Hereford. We won 6-1 and I scored. After that I had a whale of a time.
Because I had so many short loans, I didn’t get the chance to embrace any style. But when I went to Gillingham, I felt I had adapted.
BARNSLEY (2012, loan)
Keith Hill really liked me. But, unlike at Gillingham where I got recognition for my goals, at Barnsley I played a lot but didn’t score. So it didn’t feel like I was getting the same love. That didn’t really end well.
In pre-season I was brilliant. I scored four and I formed a partnership with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
But come the start of the season, the manager Stale Solbakken changed his tone and didn’t play me.
Mick McCarthy was the initial reason I went to Wolves. He got sacked the season before and Terry Connor took over, so I went anyway.
As soon as Terry left to go to Ipswich, he told me there would be a great chance that Mick would want me to go to there, too. January came and then I was off.
Mick was probably the first manager I had who was very direct and honest with me.
He said I had talent but that it wasn’t enough, I had to be consistent, too. A lot of what he said hit home.
COVENTRY (2014-15, loan, free)
I scored the first goal on Coventry’s return to the Ricoh, live on Sky in front of 20,000 people after two days of training.
I had a great time at the beginning. I ended my contract with Ipswich in January and decided to sign there permanently.
But the club was in turmoil. The fans were on our back, they wanted the board out.
We survived on the final day, the season finished and I got a phonecall about China.
TIANJIN QUANJIAN (2015-16)
I think I was the first English player out there.
I’d had so many loans in England that it was time for a fresh start.
They were in the bottom two at the time and said to me, ‘Please come in, score some goals and keep us up’.
I hit three in three and we survived. At the end of the season, they said they were going to sign Luis Fabiano, Vanderlei Luxemburgo was going to coach, Brazilian Ronaldo was going to come, maybe Ronaldinho.
So I thought, ‘OK, this is another place where I’m going to settle again and possibly leave.’
The money wasn’t too shabby so they didn’t want to cut me a deal but asked if I wanted to go on loan.
I thought, ‘I’ve been on loan so many times in England, I’m going to go on loan in China — this is becoming a joke.’ But off I went!
NEI MONGOL (2016, loan)
I met their board and they told me they wanted to sign me. They gave me a month off, I came back and then they said they wanted to sign another player.
I was messed about and I didn’t play a minute for them.
I finished with both clubs and came back to England — just in time for my daughter Nyah Eve to be born on August 29, having had the whole nine months being in China.
The last four months of my time in China weren’t very enjoyable. It was quite lonely. I made quite a few friends in Beijing but it was still not home.
I’d had half a season of not playing so, as I was heading home, I was on the phone to people saying I hadn’t had the best time in China but I had been keeping myself fit.
I spoke to a few managers and I had a choice between Southend and Gillingham. The phonecalls were mainly from Justin Edinburgh, so I went to Gillingham.
My mates Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Bradley Dack were down there so I went along to train. After a week, they offered me a deal and I decided to sign.
I was enjoying playing back in England again and I was going to extend my contract, then Justin Edinburgh got sacked.
I’m sitting there thinking again, ‘I’ve had a nightmare here’.
The new manager Ady Pennock came in and didn’t give me that much confidence that he wanted me to play, so we decided to part ways.
As soon as I left Gillingham, I got on the phone to Phil Brown, who said I should come in and give Nile Ranger a challenge.
Nile is a mate of mine when we played for England for the Under-19s and Under-17s and he’s close to my cousin, so I went down there.
He’s got nine lives, honestly! He’s a great lad but people misunderstand him — though he needs to keep himself out of trouble.
I didn’t play that much. I feel like I was there for the banter, really!
I think that’s the best place I’ve been at in terms of enjoying myself as a person. They’re my kind of people. It was the most fun, hands down.
I feel like a leader here. That’s really important for me because I’ve learnt so much from experienced players, foreign players and even in China.
Now I’m here, a lot of the boys look up to me.
You get confidence from the manager who says you have the quality to play at a much higher level — but that’s not the reason why you’re here.
People might say maybe my character wasn’t great but, if you go to any club and speak to a player, they will say, ‘Frank was a great guy’. Now I need to impose that.
Being a leader is something that maybe I’ve had inside me but not been able to show it. Maybe because I’m a bit older I can do it here.
You need to show that you care. I think that’s one thing I’ve started doing here.