Bristol Rovers are set to sign former Birmingham City defender George Friend on a free transfer, as confirmed by a report from Bristol Live.
The 35-year-old is now a free agent, having left St Andrews following the expiry of his contract and has been training with the League One side over the last few days.
Who is George Friend?
The experienced defender began his career with Exeter City before moving to Wolves in 2008 for a six-figure fee. He also enjoyed various loan moves, as well as a stint with Doncaster before making the switch to Middlesbrough in 2012.
Friend spent eight years at the club before signing for Birmingham on a free transfer. Last season, Friend made just six league appearances in the Championship but has featured just once since February.
Joey Barton on a mission
Bristol Rovers will be hopeful of improving their 2022/23 league finish, after failing to live up to their first-half expectations and slipping to a 17th-placed finish in League One.
The club have already strengthened this summer with the likes of Jevani Brown and Luke Thomas on free transfers as well as the defensive addition of James Wilson from Plymouth Argyle.
What’s been said?
According to Bristol Live, Friend is set to become the club’s fourth signing of the summer. They stated…
‘Bristol Rovers are set to make George Friend their fourth signing of the summer as Joey Barton adds more defensive experience and leadership to his squad.’
George Friend would be an excellent addition to Bristol Rovers in terms of the experience and leadership that he would bring to the League One side this summer.
However, his lack of first-team appearances last season is a concern for fans to be cautious of but if he can maintain his fitness then this is an excellent signing.