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Ireland man Foley is free to seek exit from Wolves


Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley

WOLVES have encouraged former Ireland cap Kevin Foley to do all he can to secure a move away from the club.

Foley is part of the 'Bomb Squad' at Molineux, the batch of senior players sidelined by Wolves boss Kenny Jackett, and while compatriot Stephen Ward has managed to get away, moving to Burnley last week, Foley remains under contract but not part of the plans at Wolves.

The 29-year-old has not featured for Wolves this season and will not be involved in tonight's Championship meeting with Fulham as current U21 cap Matt Doherty has established himself as first-choice right back.

"For Kevin the decision is he tries to get himself in the shop window and tries to move on," says boss Jackett, who axed senior pros like Ward, Foley, Kevin Doyle and Jamie O'Hara after the club were relegated to League One.

"We're starting to thin the group out now - we've played three games and basically used the same 19 players although juggled them about but he hasn't played. I had a look at him in pre-season and although he played very well - particularly at Oxford - he's third-choice right-back.

"As you go through pre-season you need a lot more players with people needing 45 or 60 minutes or whatever, but I'm pleased I had a look at him full-backs is a very strong area for us and with Kevin, we've come to the conclusion that if he can use the good pre-season he's had to get a move, that will be a good thing. Unfortunately within the group of 19-20 players we have, there isn't room for him."

Foley (pictured) joined Wolves from Luton in 2007 and helped the side win promotion to the Premier League in 2009 but has struggled in recent seasons. Last term he made just five league appearances and was loaned out to Blackpool.

He was last capped against Italy in 2011 and was controversially axed by Giovanni Trapattoni just before Euro 2012.