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180-mile journey is driving Friars out of Newry

Emmet Friars decided to ask for a transfer from Newry City after being left to make the 180-mile round trip from his Londonderry home on his own.

The former Northern Ireland under-21 defender lodged a transfer request with the border club last week and while there have been no official approaches as yet he is hoping to be with a new club before the end of January.

Twenty-four-year-old Friars have been with Newry since the summer of 2007, but his initial enthusiasm at joining the club has worn off as one-by-one his travelling partners have moved on.

“At the start there was Paddy McLaughlin, Richard Clarke, my brother Sean and myself in the car going down to Newry and we have good crack together,” said Friars, who isn’t expecting to have to make the trip to Newry tonight, with their home match against Dungannon subject to a pitch inspection.

“We actually looked forward to the journeys and they flew in. Now I’m doing it on my own and it’s no fun at all. It’s tiring and not getting home until after midnight is taking its toll on me.”

Friars is now willing to listen to offers from anywhere — as long as he has someone to share the driving with.

“Johnny McDonnell has been very understanding and I hope Newry will accept that I want to move on now,” he said.

Belfast Telegraph