King revels in promotion
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marlon King has expressed his delight at Watford's promotion to the Premiership.
Marlon King has put into words the overwhelming delight he felt at Watford's promotion to The Premiership.
The pacey striker was one of Watford's most instrumental figures throughout the season, and finally broke down in tears at the final whistle of the play-off victory over Leeds on Sunday.
"There were so many emotions running through my body," he reflected. "Everyone is human and sometimes you just can't hold it in.
"When all the boys ran over and jumped on me, I just broke down."
King has overcome off-field problems, including a five-month jail term in 2002, to earn his moment in the sun, and is determined to grasp his second shot at happiness.
"After all the ups and downs you grow as a person. If you can't take the second chance, you don't deserve it," he said.
"It has been a long time coming for me. The ups and downs have been well publicised. But I have never really let things get to me and I've had good support behind me.
"This is pure happiness. I've had sleepless nights where I could only imagine these happening and I had the biggest lump in my throat when it all came true."
King will line up for Jamaica against England next week, in an early opportunity to test himself against Premiership players.
"I think it's the first time the two teams have played each other. The atmosphere will be good and we'll be looking to really enjoy it," he commented.
"I want to play against the best in the world week in, week out."