Foley on Trial at Charlton
Tuesday, 12th Jul 2016 20:55
Ex-Town right-back Kevin Foley is on trial with League One Charlton Athletic.
Foley, 31, was reunited with his old Wolves boss Mick McCarthy at Town in January on a short-term deal replacing Jonny Parr, who had moved back to Norway with Strømsgodset.
Former Republic of Ireland international Foley went on to make six starts and two sub appearances for the Blues.
At the end of the season McCarthy left the door open to Foley’s return – “It’s an ongoing discussion” – but at the start of pre-season training confirmed that the one-time Luton Town and FC Copenhagen man would not be coming back to Portman Road with skipper Luke Chambers and 18-year-old Josh Emmanuel set to be the Blues’ right-backs during 2016/17.
Foley, who is playing for the Addicks in a friendly against Bromley this evening, could face his old team-mates when Town travel to The Valley for a pre-season match on Tuesday 26th July.
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|jas0999 added 21:10 - Jul 12|
I'd forgotten about Foley! Did okay.
However, that's Foley, Tabb, Fraser, Feeney, Yorworth, Pringle, Varney, Clarke and AMN out; with just one addition in Webster. Digby left then resigned. That's a deficit of EIGHT players from an already weak squad!
|ArnieM added 21:49 - Jul 12|
off loading the wage bill so Mick can bring in a couple of PL players (youngsters) for the season ........when the PL get all their senior players back from their late holidays after the Euros. As Mick said, he has his targets. He's spoken to various clubs about the targets and we will have to be patient and wait until the PL clubs know who they want to keep from their fringe players or who they want to loan out.
Same thing happened last season. So not sure why so many on here are creaming themselves about who we do or don't or haven't brought in. We're doing it OUR WAY. just bloody chill some you.🐍🔚
|Cakeman added 21:52 - Jul 12|
I don't usually concern myself too much about lack of early close season signings but this time with just over 3 weeks to go until the first league game, this lack of signings is alarming.
It could be that the grand master plan is for us to hope all opposition will be complacent thinking they have just got to turn up to win!
Joking aside if we do not sign some quality players this season and not ones to make up the numbers I cannot see us getting out of the lower reaches of the table.
Regarding the subject matter of Foley, not fussed with this as he was over the hill anyway and was never going to take us to the next level.
|mojo added 22:16 - Jul 12|
And Henley Jas/Blue till I die. I wonder if Stewart will be loaned out again and there will be another u turn. Asking a lot of the youngsters to step up.
|PJewellisaGod added 00:15 - Jul 13|
Very good player. Can't imagine that Charlton will offer better terms to him than we did though so most likely trial is just a trial. Was superb, particularly in midfield.
|sidtheswan added 07:14 - Jul 13|
Good footballer. Can't see why we didn't sign him. Squad woefully lacking of strength in depth and strength for that matter .
|titanicclown added 08:15 - Jul 13|
Put in the best CM performance last season. But the squad is being embelished with a whole bunch of youth players this season. MM really doesnt have to get numbers just quality.
|BlueSwede added 08:20 - Jul 13|
Well, eleven players out. Between them they made 64 starts in the League last season. And if we get AMN back - which there is a possibility we will from what MM said - then it's 43 starts lost. That's one player.
Yes, I know, strength in depth.
But with Webster in, Digby signing, McGoldrick back, Hyam (9 starts) fit, Bishop fit, verdict out on Stewart, Kenlock, Emmanuel, Dozzell and McDonnell knocking on the door to the first team, Patterson and Blanchfield waiting in the wings together with a few more... And I expect a few more additions, either season long loans or permanent signings in the weeks to come.
Not looking that bad, is it?
|Surco72 added 08:28 - Jul 13|
Arnie M ... I am not sure if you have noticed but doing it OUR WAY doesn't seem to be getting us very far in the last 15 years ?
Thought Foley put in a couple of really good games in centre mid but was dropped as soon as Douglas was available again so he could get his contract extension
|MattinLondon added 08:51 - Jul 13|
What with Dozzell, Bishop, McDonell and Kenyu all being touted as very good prospects I'm not too fussed about a lack of signings. If Stewart finally gets his finger out then there is a very good player about to become available. Kenlock and Emmanuel all will be giving some time on the pitch as well.
If McGoldrick stays fit then we have the basis of a young creative squad mixed in with exoerienced heads. Think we need two pacey wingers/strikers who will give us more width.
Granted a lot of IFS and I could well be asking a lot from the younger players but I don't think the situation about signings is too alarming.
|Radlett_blue added 08:52 - Jul 13|
I am getting the feeling this could be a re-run of Joe Royle's last season as manager, with a threadbare squad padded out by youth players.
|Kikapu added 09:09 - Jul 13|
We've seen enough complaining in the past about MM not promoting our own youngsters, now he is, everyone seems to be getting cold feet. What's going on?
|gibbo added 09:25 - Jul 13|
The problem is you can't expect a 16 or 17 year old to play 30 plus games without fatigue or picking up an injury, bishop is the proof of that, my concern is if we are now only looking at free transfers and loans when last season we were told there's a million available for a transfer and as yet we have spent 700k, why haven't we seen or heard of any of the 200 plus players without clubs on trail here????!!
|JimmyJazz added 09:34 - Jul 13|
jas0999, your logic is skewed. How can you include Clarke (a season-long loan out) and AMN (a season long-loan in)? They were never both available at the same time. You also don't include younger players coming in such as Dozzell
|vanmunt added 10:42 - Jul 13|
I would love to see the youngsters get a fair crack this season but I just cannot see MM doing it.. if it is not the midfield dynamo duo of Skuse/Douglas starting the first game I will be a monkeys uncle!
|Surco72 added 11:12 - Jul 13|
To all those saying our youngsters are like signing new players .. in the last 3 seasons MM has started youngsters coming straight out of our youth set up a total of 36 times and the majority of that number is made up of Bishops 25 appearances 2 seasons ago .
Last season they were only played due to suspension or when the season was over and quickly replaced when senior players were back .
I cannot see MM changing his ways and playing the likes of Emmanuel , Dozzell, Bishop ahead of Chambers , Skuse , Douglas would be absolutely delighted to be wrong just cannot see it
|rickw added 11:49 - Jul 13|
I can't see them starting regularly but it seems he's getting rid of our mediocre backup and instead we will have the youngsters providing cover and competition.
I agree Mick doesn't seem to want to start them, but if they do well enough they may leave him little choice but to play them
|Seasider added 17:34 - Jul 13|
Blue til I die-Think you will find that Piotr Malarcyk played for Town in Ireland(1 half);so appears still on books.
As you prob know he was at Southend last season;but although it was mentioned that he might sign for them,this didn't transpire.
Like Stewart hope he will be given more game time this year,as neither have so far I feel.
|WhoisJimmyJuan added 20:01 - Jul 13|
I too think Foley would have been worth a year's contract personally, and a couple of signings more would give us encouragement as fans. The only straw I would offer out for clutching is this; in 2011 we signed all sorts of big names and most of us were moist only to feel incredibly let down. On the other hand, in my youth (violins) I recall feeling near rage that in 1991 we made no signings pre-season, having finished 14th in 1990-91, and then won the then 2nd div Championship. Its just a straw, but realistically we are going to have to put our faith in our youngsters unless MM and ME surprise us in the next fortnight.
|blueboy1981 added 20:18 - Jul 13|
Foley - very good player, but he scared MM with the nous he showed picking out far too many forward passes, and forward thinking - SHOCK HORROR.
Alien these days at Portman Road. 11 men behind the ball is what we want, and not forgetting sideways and backwards passing of the ball. Do not dare to think otherwise - under this man.
|TimmyH added 21:04 - Jul 14|
Very strange...Foley actually started in midfield and did ok but for some reason Mick put him in RB spot for the odd game (near the end) and did less well, Coke or Foley as a squad midfielder?..no brainer!
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