Friend hoping to impress
George Friend hopes his performances during a loan spell at Exeter will catch Mick McCarthy's eye.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 24/03/10 6:07pm
Wolves defender George Friend hopes his performances during a loan spell at League One outfit Exeter will register on the radar of manager Mick McCarthy.
Friend has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at the Premier League outfit this season, and his stint at the Grecians is his fourth loan of the season.
The 22-year-old has spent time with Millwall, Scunthorpe and Southend already this campaign but he hopes his most recent move to Exeter - until the end of the season - will yield regular displays that will catch the eye of McCarthy.
And Friend - who can play anywhere across the back or in midfield - believes his versatility will also help him force his way into the Premier League side's first-team upon his return next term.
He told skysports.com: "He (McCarthy) is the one who told me I needed games, so that is what I have done and he is the one I need to impress in whatever position I play in at whatever club I am at.
"It does help me as a player to be able to slot into a number of positions, but my preferred position is left-back.
"I am just enjoying playing regularly and every new position that I play in adds another string to my bow."
Friend has made one appearance for the Midlands outfit this season, starting in the controversial 3-0 defeat to Manchester United where McCarthy fielded a weakened team.
But he has failed to feature in the Irishman's plans since and has turned out for four other teams, giving him an opportunity to develop his game.
The former Grecians skipper - who made his second home debut in the 1-1 draw with Oldham in March - admits the change of scenery has proved to be frustrating, however he recognises the benefits of playing regular football.
He added: "It has been very frustrating and I would have preferred to have settled down at one club and played regularly instead of switching clubs every few months.
"However, if you are not playing then it is essential you go elsewhere and get some games there instead."
No new strikers
Meanwhile, City boss Paul Tisdale says he will be not recruiting another striker on loan, despite Marcus Haber returning to parent club West Brom.
Top-scorer Adam Stansfield and veteran Marcus Stewart recently returned to action and Tisdale said he had no intention of adding reinforcements ahead of Thursday's deadline for emergency loan signings.
Tisdale also has James Norwood and Barry Corr at his disposal, and he said tinkering with the squad would be unsettling after enjoying a four game unbeaten run.
He said: "We have got a full compliment of strikers, with James Norwood impressing as well, so I won't be looking at anything else in that area. We have four games unbeaten and it wouldn't be a good time to start leaving people out of the side and bringing new players in."