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View From The Town End: Kevin Foley

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So Reading have taken former Wolves full-back Kevin Foley on trial, but what can we expect from the defender if he signs for the club?

Tom from Wolves Blog was kind enough to give us his views on Kevin Foley and what skills he might bring to Reading.

When Wolves stormed the Championship in 2008/09 it wasn't the star striker or either of our flying wingers who won player of the season, but a diminutive full-back who never put a single foot wrong.

Kevin Foley was quite brilliant that year, skillful and composed in possession with a helpful knack of getting forward to create and occasionally score goals. He was the one consistent in an often interchangeable back four.

During the Premier League years Mick McCarthy used him as a makeshift right winger and occasionally a holding midfielder in a defensive 4-5-1, roles he again performed admirably. Post-relegation he struggled to stay fit and was out more than he was in and Wolves plummeted into League One.

Kenny Jackett hardly used him on the rare occasion he was fit, sending him on loan to Blackpool twice (where he didn't really pull up any trees) and eventually terminating his contract.

He's a good player Kev Foley, the archetypal full-back. I think McCarthy ran him into the ground though, which is why he can't stay fit. Pace and stature have always been an issue and I've got to believe his best years are well and truly behind him at 31 given that he's hardly played for a good 2/3 seasons. Might be a useful squad player for Reading if you can get him fit, but I don't think he'll be setting too many pulses racing.

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