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George Friend

Born: October 17, 1987

Nationality: English

Position: Defender

City debut: Forest Green 0 City 0 (17/04/06)

George's story:

George was born in Barnstable and signed a professional contact with City in March 2006 before making his first debut in April. Early in his career at City, he had loan spells with Tiverton Town and Bath.

In the 2007/08 season he became a key part of the City team that won promotion to the Football League via the play-offs. He became the youngest player to ever captain City and scored his first goal in a 4-4 draw with Burton Albion.

George left Exeter for £350,000 in a move to Wolverhampton that was completed on September 1, 2008. He made just six appearances in the 2008/09 season as Wolves won the Championship and therefore promotion to the Premier League.

He spent much of the next season on loan with Millwall, Southend and Scunthorpe United. George was recalled to Wolves due to injuries at the club and made his Premier League debut against Manchester United on December 15, 2009. He made no more appearances for Wolves that season; he instead re-joined City on loan to help prevent a return to League Two, setting up Ryan Harley's late winner in the last game of the season against Huddersfield Town. 

George was linked with a return to Exeter City after his Wolves deal ended but instead joined Doncaster Rovers. At the beginning of the 2011/12 season, he was appointed captain and at the end of that season he won player of the year and supporters’ player of the year. The club was later relegated to League One after three seasons in the Championship.

George joined Middlesbrough for £100,000 in 2012 and has been a key player since, performing brilliantly and helping them gain promotion to the Premier League. After being relegated after one season in the Premier League, George went on to play 39 times for the club in the 2017/18 season

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