Dearden hints at Francis debut
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dearden has a selection headache ahead of the Magpies' contest with Luton on Saturday due to Michael Brough being suspended for the clash.
Francis has made four substitute appearances for the Second Division side this season, but is now in line for a first-ever start.
"It could be time to give Willis his debut," said Dearden. "It is certainly looking to be the strongest option at the moment."
Meanwhile, Dearden has hinted that either Kevin Nicholson or Paul Riley will play at full back against The Hatters, following their display for the reserves.
"I played both Kevin Nicholson and Paul Riley down the left, because I wanted to take a look at them before Saturday," added Dearden.
"It is likely that one of them will play at left back, with Ian Richardson pushed into the middle of the defence."