Carlisle thankful for chance
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Watford defender Clarke Carlisle is delighted to have his Premiership chance.
Watford defender Clarke Carlisle is delighted to have his Premiership chance after overcoming a number of problems.
The former Leeds stopper battled against an alcohol problem back in 2003 and has endured an injury-hit campaign this time around.
A thigh injury has kept Carlisle on the sidelines for much of the season, but after spending a month with Luton he has now featured twice for The Hornets in England's top-flight.
"At the time of my problems, I didn't know what to expect," he admitted. "I didn't even know whether there would be football to come back to.
"It has been a long time, and a heck of a journey, with a lot of things for me to learn along the way.
"But I believe that, having come through those problems, I have the tools to deal with the situation Watford are in, and with having been injured for most of the season."