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Lack of Foley calls surprises Jackett


Kevin Foley. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Foley. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Foley. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

WOLVES boss Kenny Jackett says he's amazed that the club's Ireland defender Kevin Foley is not in demand from rival clubs.

Foley has struggled to get game time at Molineux this season and Jackett recently told the defender, who has failed to start a league game all season, that he could leave on loan, but so far there has been little interest.

"We haven't had any calls about Kevin and I am surprised," said Jackett.

"He is such an experienced player – the age-bracket he is in, he could still do very well.

"He is getting stronger now in terms of his ankle injury. He played a behind-closed doors game against Burnley in midweek and looked very good and very strong.

"He is to be commended for his attitude and his work rate in getting as strong as he possibly can without necessarily getting any encouragement. He is a model professional who works very hard."

Meanwhile, current Ireland U21 cap Aaron McCarey was on a high over the weekend as he retained his place in the Wolves side in the face of competition from Wales international Wayne Hennessy.

The Monaghan native was given his league debut by Jackett in a League One meeting with Gillingham two weeks ago in controversial circumstances as Hennessy refused to play in the game, for fear of jeopardising a possible move away and McCarey was picked instead.

Even though Hennessy was back in the squad for Saturday's game with Preston, having made a public apology for his stance in refusing to play, keeper McCarey was picked instead and kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.