Friend, George

Birth Date

17th October 1987

Birthplace

Barnstaple

Occupation

Defender

Biographical Text

Friend began his career at Exeter City as a youth team player, signing a two-year professional contract in March 2006.

Able to play left-back or in midfield, he made his Conference league debut in a goalless draw at Forest Green Rovers in April 2006.

In order to gain experience, Friend had loan spells with Tiverton Town (in 2005-06), Team Bath (December 2006) and Folkestone Invicta. By season 2007-08 Friend had established himself as a regular in the Grecians first team and helped them win promotion back to the Football League following a play off final victory over Cambridge United at Wembley.

After playing in Exeter's opening games of the 2008-09 season, he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 2008, signing a two-year deal, with the option of a third year, for an initial fee of £350,000. He made his Wolves debut a month later at Swansea City.

Friend signed for Millwall on loan in August 2009, then Southend United on loan a month later, and also Scunthorpe United on loan in October 2009. He then returned to Exeter City on loan in March 2010.

He was then given a free transfer by his parent club Wolves in May 2010 and signed for Doncaster Rovers the following month, becoming club captain the following season. In July 2012 Friend signed for Middlesbrough for a reported fee of around £100,000.

During his time at the Riverside Stadium he has captained the club in April 2015, whilst also playing a key role in the clubs promotion to the Premier League in 2016.
He has played nearly 250 games for Middlesborough

Appearances

51

Appearances as Substitute

5

Goals

2

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